In this guest post -- the first in a series of reflections an the needle, the body, the cloth and political activism -- Andrea Liu traces & reflects on the story of the coat her great uncle Liu Zhuanghuan, an accused counter-revolutionary, wore in a Chinese forced labour camp in the 1950s. A powerful story and a compelling example of textiles as "public ambassadors for the politically oppressed and voiceless".
The second episode of Liv Williams' Stitched Voices podcast is here. Enjoy listening!
Read about the interweaving of life trajectories, arpilleras, political activism, Chilean democratisation, and academia in this insightful guest post by Lucy Taylor.