Weaving Cultural Identities

November 12, 2022 - January 22, 2023

Two images with woven rug on the left and graphic design of rug on the right.
Credit: Dawn Livera & Adrienne Neufeld (textile artists), Doaa Jamal (graphic artist), Find What You Need, woven cotton warp and Canadian wool weft with supplemental yarn from around the world.

Weaving Cultural Identities uses traditional weaving as a storytelling medium to explore reconciliation, identity and intercultural relations. Graphic artists and weavers from Vancouver’s immigrant Muslim communities and Coast Salish Indigenous communities came together to create a series of 10 small-scale “prayer rugs” as a means to share cultural knowledge and reconcile lost heritage through symbolism and traditional motifs.

The weavings celebrate cultural narratives and personal stories and show the parallels that exist between what seem like disparate groups.

Commissioned and circulated as part of the 2018-2021 Vancouver Biennale, with touring support from the Canada Council for the Arts and BC Arts Council.

Logo for Vancouver Biennale.