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Sew What?

Sew What? is a weekly podcast that celebrates historic needlework and those who stitched it. Isabella Rosner, your local needlework expert, explores all types of needlecraft (including embroidery, knitting, weaving, nålbinding, quilting, lacemaking, and everything in between) from around the world and across continents and interviews leading textile artists, scholars, and curators. After two successful seasons with a total of 46 episodes, Sew What? is back in October 2021 for a third one. Listen here or on your favourite podcast app and get ready for a new episode every Thursday!

Battle, Ritual, and Community: Asafo Flags of the Fante People Sew What?

In this mini episode, Isabella discusses the Asafo flags of the Fante, who live in Ghana's coastal region. Asafo flags are vibrant, appliquéd flags that combine folklore, proverbs, and heraldry.Images and sources are available at @sewwhatpodcast on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. The podcast has a website, sewwhatpodcast.com, and a Patreon, patreon.com/sewwhatpodcast.
  1. Battle, Ritual, and Community: Asafo Flags of the Fante People
  2. Embroidery and the Body: An Interview with Rowan Riley
  3. Japanese Mending and Stitching: Sashiko and Boro
  4. Stitching Girls and Cup Noodles: An Interview with Jessica Tang
  5. Sew What? Holiday Special: Familial Needlework
  6. Curating Needlework at Regional Museums: An Interview with Claire McRee
  7. Protecting Needlework from Pests: An Interview with Joel Voron
  8. Historic Rugs and Carpets: An Interview with Elisabeth Parker
  9. Molas of the Kuna: A Central and South American Indigenous Textile Tradition
  10. Historic Embroidery in Mexico: An Interview with Mayela Flores

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