Thirty women participated in the first quilting workshops in the villages of Bansghaadi and Bardighan in rural Nepal. Each women lost a loved one to forcible disappearance during Nepal’s decade-long civil war. Below are just a few of their stories.
Puja was just an infant when her father was arrested by the Nepali army. Her quilt square shows two soldiers taking her father from her home to a distant army barrack.
Panu stitched the name of her husband on her square, as well as the date he was disappeared. For many of the women, embroidering names are a way of honoring their missing loved one’s memory, one stitch at a time. The dates quietly protest the days and years that have gone by without knowing the truth.
Sarita is an active member of the Bardiya Conflict Victims Committee. She volunteered to lead the quilting workshops, teaching women basic embroidery stitches as well as encouraging them to use their squares to tell their stories.