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Fashion on Film: Threads

Older Bangladeshi women teaching three younger Bangladeshi embroidery techniques


Threads is an inspiring documentary about the life of Surayia Rahman, a self-trained artist who taught impoverished women in Bangladesh to embroider her story-telling designs. Watch the film at home, and then join us for a discussion with filmmaker Cathy Stevulak about sustaining traditions in today’s fashion industry. (Cathy Stevulak, 2014, 32 minutes.)

This program is a collaboration with the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at GW's Elliott School of International Affairs.

About Cathy Stevulak

Cathy Stevulak has worked across Canada and internationally as a public affairs and international development consultant. Threads is her debut as a documentary director. While living in Bangladesh and working as a senior adviser with the United Nations Development Program, she met many women who were quietly revolutionizing their own lives through art and craft, drawing from their own culture and resources. Their resilience was an inspiration that needs to be shared.

How to Participate

To participate, simply sign up here, and then watch the film at your leisure before Thursday, July 29. The film is available to stream on Vimeo. We will email you a link and instructions for joining our group discussion on Zoom. When you register, you can also ask to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included. 

About the Fashion on Film Series

Monthly discussions on documentary and feature films explore the world of fashion, design, sustainability and global textile traditions. Browse upcoming programs