Common Threads Project: narrative textiles and healing
Discover the power of textile as a form of healing trauma, achieving advocacy, and offering a voice to victims of oppression. In many cultures and historical periods, story cloths have been an important vehicle for self-expression as women who have experienced unspeakable atrocities come together to sew their stories into representations in cloth. Rachel Cohen, PhD., clinical psychologist, founder and executive director of Common Threads Project, will present an audio visual talk about her path-breaking work with survivors of sexual violence in Democratic Republic of Congo, Bosnia, Nepal and Ecuador. Dr. Cohen has developed an innovative approach for healing from the severe psychological consequences of war, sexual violence, and displacement that uses story cloths as a therapeutic tool.
She will give an overview of the ubiquitous cultural practice of story-cloth making, and an introduction to Common Threads healing circles that take place around the world.