From The Three Axes
, a traditional Karen Fairy Tale, as told by Karen Refugee Students:The fairy told her I will go and look for your fathers axe in the spring. The fairy went into the spring to look for the axe.
This photograph and quilt are the ninth in a series of 14 episodes which depict the Karen fairy tale of The Three Axes
. The quilts were created in stages. First some students acted out the tale while others photographed the scenes. Next the students developed the film and made prints of each scene in a bamboo darkroom. The negatives were used to project each image onto a large piece of canvas and the scene was traced on the cloth as a guide. Finally with the help of nursery school teachers, elders, neighbors, and participants in a weaving vocational program, the quilts were sewn. The project turned into a community art event, bringing together the skills of many peopleweaving, embroidery, sewing, drawing, painting, and acting. The resulting quilts are not only a work of art but also a bridge connecting past and present.Back to news story >>
Photograph by Mark Christmas/Nationalgeographic.com, inset photograph by Saw YTaeh