Weaving for a Cause
After a long and quite unexpected hike, we were taken to a little building for a group of woman called Ride 4 A Woman. There, women sewed table clothes, clothing, bags, and many more incredible items. At first glance, it might seem like a typical Ugandan get-together, but really, these women were sewing for their husbands who had died from HIV/ AIDS.
Personally, I didn’t think I would find it interesting, but when I got there, and learned about their cause, it really changed my perspective. On the floor, was a big mat which was in the process of being weaved. This instantly brought back first grade art class memories. A woman there asked who wanted to help work on the mat, and my brother and I both raised our hands. The weaving process was very complicated and intricate, but I quickly learned how to do it correctly and really enjoyed myself. It was very helpful to have a woman next to me who just happened to be a weaving expert. I don’t know if I could have done it without her guidance.
In conclusion, the experience taught me that I can do the things that, at first, may seem difficult. I have gained a new respect for both the women and the art of weaving. -Peter Hyams ITW Enrichment Student