Cite Magazine | Nicole Zaza
The Karenni people originate from the mountainous border region of the embattled country previously known as Burma. On a Saturday afternoon, at the Alliance Gallery, I stand and watch as Karenni women spin, warp, and weave thread imported from Thailand into tight vibrant swaths of cloth. This is just one of the groups of refugee women that The Community Cloth has gathered to produce and sell their traditional textile. The Community Cloth’s mission is to empower immigrant communities in Houston by investing in a refugee-led, refugee-owned microenterprise run under the umbrella of Our Global Village. In collaboration with Houston Arts Alliance Folklife program, the Karenni woven works are displayed on the walls through July 6.