Unless you've been living in a bubble, you will have seen a lot of pink "pussyhat" coverage in the media over the last week - and also the various controversies around the hat and the Women's Marches they were made for. Everyone had an opinion - even George Takei posted about one yarn shop's response to the marches!
|© Photo collage of FO project photos, compiled by Casey - Ravelry.com|
I'm not a very 'politically active' person and while I was aware that various friends were making hats and that there was going to be a march on Washington (and elsewhere) to protest Trump's inauguration and what this could mean for women's rights, I didn't really grasp the importance (or scale) of what was happening. Then posts from the marches started popping up on my Facebook feed (I've included some of their photos here, with permission). Reading the commentary and reactions, and watching the news, it started to feel like something quite momentous was taking place.Figures* for the Women's Marches are in - they were held in 914 cities in over 60 countries, and it's understood that almost 5 million people participated, worldwide. Political scientists who have been analysing the figures say there is no doubt that this was the largest single-day event in US history - on Saturday 21st January, at least 1 out of every 100 Americans participated in a Women's March which is the largest mass mobilisation in US history. Whatever your personal opinions about the marches and the politics behind them, it's impossible not to be impressed.
|Cal Patch (left) marched on Washington - photo © Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm, on Flickr|
|The Yarn in the City girls marched in London - ©Yarn in the City|
The sea of pink 'pussy' hats made a tremendous visual statement - The New Yorker called them "a material-cultural phenomenon that could end up earning a lasting place in the annals of political symbolism" and said "the fact that [protestors made them] by hand, using traditional skills and often tweaking or embellishing the original patterns, contributes to the hat’s status as an individual, personalized act of labor dedicated to communal protest". The hats have subsequently made it onto the cover of both TIME and The New Yorker magazines.
|Find Kate's incredibly moving blog post (written after taking her daughter on the march) here - © A Playful Day|
If this isn't Craftivism in action, I don't know what is! For more information on this project and on Craftivism in general, these resources will get you started:
- Pussyhat Project community online, on Facebook and there's a Ravelry Group.
- You can show your support by making your own hat(s) using this official pattern - others are also listed on the Pussyhat Project website.
- Craftivism.com and Betsy Greer's related book.
- Craftivism ebook by Donna Druchunas - free to download via Ravelry.
*Source: https://www.womensmarch.com/sisters, Financial Times, Washington Post and lots of other linked articles which can be found at the foot of this post.