Sewing Schools


by Howard Goodall

string orchestra
School Orchestra, String Orchestra
First Performance
2007, Sussex, UK: Brighton and Hove Youth String Ensemble/Andrew Sherwood

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In parts of the developing world where people's lives have been devastated by war, famine or natural disaster, the Save the Children Fund give the women of these communities sewing machines, small miracles of engineering from the time of the Industrial Revolution not dependent on electricity, and like the stringed instruments of the western orchestra, yet to be surpassed in ingenuity and practicality. With them, the women can rebuild their lives themselves, stitch by stitch. They have also grouped themselves into sewing schools that they might, with shared expertise, work more quickly and effectively, and that they might provide for each other solidarity and companionship. (c) Howard Goodall

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