In 1991 Shireen Akbar of the Victoria and Albert Museum, set out to realise a dream to involve groups of women of South Asian origin throughout Britain in a co-operative project.

Shamiana panel of Shah Jahan Mosque: The Lightbox

Shamiana Panel – Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking
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Copyright: Image courtesy of Brian Wood

She took as her theme Shamiana (the tent) as a symbol of home, of refuge, of dispossession and of art.

The total of 56 embroidered panels of the tent has been shown widely, and this panel representing the Shah Jahan Mosque was undertaken by the Woking Asian Women’s Association.

The embroidery was made by 30 members from many professions working in their spare time for over a year, and was presented to the Mayor of Woking with a view to being displayed in the Woking’s Story museum.

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