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Making history

Major museums begin acquiring pussyhats for exhibits on social change

March 17, 2017

The pink ‘pussyhats’ worn by thousands of women at the Women’s March on Washington are attracting attention once more — this time from museums hoping to add the garment to their collections. Major institutions such as the New York Historical Society and the National Museum of American History have announced the acquisition of pussyhats for inclusion in current or future exhibitions, and a pussyhat knitted by Pussyhat Project co-founder Jayna Zweiman, who together with Krista Suh helped create the original pussyhat pattern for “craftivists” to emulate, is already on display at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

“This modest pink hat is a material thing that through its design enables us to raise questions about our current political and social circumstance,” explained Corinna Gardner, acting keeper of the V&A’s Design Architecture and Digital department. “[It] has become an immediately recognizable expression of female solidarity and symbol of the power of collective action.”

At The Fuller Craft Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts, the garment is being described as “the largest example of social activism through craft in U.S. modern history.”

In other words, the thousands of women who knit pussyhats quite literally made history.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.


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