We received huge support for our IFAM/Nature iraq NGO project: Embroidered Wedding Blankets from the Garden of Eden. Nature Iraq’s larger work and the Eden in Iraq Project were broadcast far and wide, in newspapers and magazines and interviews. We showed videos ,had books out, and a wonderful banner of the portraits of the 5 women who participated. We are giving these women faces, names, and income.
In fact, there are only a handful of older women who are keeping the tradition vibrant. The girls are earning slowly but they have never seen the historic rugs that we were able to buy from rug dealer Khalid Al Taey. Khalid knows all of the symbols and meanings of the earlier rugs. He will be a great resource to teach younger women.
We(Jassim, Zahra Southail, Edmond Wong, my assistant Drew Lenihan, and myself) had a profound experience working at IFAM, meeting all of the other artists, supporters, volunteers and staff, as well as visitors. We felt we were at the centre of the WORLD along with everyone in it. IFAM(The International Folk Art Market) is a wonderful and necessary celebration of world culture, art, and peace.
I am contemplating a fundraiser for Eden in Iraq operating expenses for mid winter if I can get the energy. I would highlight or auction the historic rugs. We’ve been offered a big hotel and Rahim Al Haj, renown oud player, could perform. Here, he met Jassim in Santa Fe!
Please Read the attached PDF for an update on our Nature Iraq partnership at The International Folk Art Market and the ongoing project with Women Weavers. Also in document are one of kind Historic Rugs that were not on view during IFAM.
Please Read MR-IFAM-Historic-Rug-Updated.
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I’m back from Iraq with really good news. The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden in the Mesopotamian Marshes at El Chibaish has been partially funding by Iraq’s Ministry for Water Resources! Plans are underway to break ground as soon as possible, by this fall, If not sooner.
After a 4 year detour to vanquish ISIS, Iraq has a new sense of a future. There are plans to invest both environmentally and culturally. There are new faces returning to direct the Ministries as well as the Embassies abroad. Educated civil servants, who have studied abroad, energetically abound. New attention is being paid to the Mesopotamian marshes, since being designated, in 2016, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This includes the ancient sites of Ur, Uruk, and Eridu.
It’s been a very wet spring, so this is the first time since the marshes were drained in the early 1990’s that they are 85% re-flooded.
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