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Based in Paisley, Sewing2gether All Nations is a grass roots community-based organisation for members of the refugee and asylum seeker community, primarily supporting women who wish to practise English and build new friendships. 

The group started providing creative workshops with just two volunteers in 2018 and now has six sessional workers, ten volunteers and around 80 members participating in its activities each year. 

Paisley is know as 'the town that thread built', so they took the opportunity to reflect on the rich textile heritage of Scotland and that of New Scots, with an exhibition of
hand sewn ‘Millie dolls’ representing textile workers from all over the world, and the legacy of grandmothers, mothers and sisters who have passed their sewing skills down from generation to generation. 

“As we sewed, stuffed, and made bespoke outfits from upcycled textiles for our Millies, we gathered stories from across the globe of our memories of family and homelands from Afghanistan to Venezuela. This allowed participants to share positive and personal memories held dear to their hearts. We also discussed creative traditions and techniques, for example chinchorro, shisheh, gele, chādor and abyas.

Our Exhibition of over 30 completed dolls was hosted in Paisley Central Library during the Refugee Festival Scotland in June 2022.” Corinne Watt

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