Pascale Goldenberg is a French who lives in Germany. She is an artist, a writer, a geologist, with a strong interest in human beings and cultures. She is the founder of Guldusi, a project that introduces Afghani women embroideries in her host country, France, and sells them both online and at embroideries and textile exhibitions all over Europe.
We were particularly interested in one of Pascale’s initiatives because it perfectly reflects what we have been striving to achieve through Expatatable: Creating a bridge between expat and local communities through the use of gastronomy, food traditions and cooking habits.
The project was an exhibition called “Out of the kitchen, jars, bowls and utensils…” and took place in several small Afghani villages. Afghan women were asked to create little embroidered textile squares to depict their realities in their kitchens.
Through this project Pascale was able to open the door on the kitchens she discovered in Afghan villages: A simple way of living, a hard life, no facilities, in places where people cannot work during the winter months because of too harsh weather conditions. The Afghan villagers were very happy and highly grateful to get such an opportunity to show their way of life.
More embroidery projects are being regularly created, addressing a variety of topics and issues. As a result, exchanges between Afghanistan and Germany are improving. They are aimed at promoting a better understanding of the two cultures showing what is really going on in both countries.
Here are some pictures of the beautiful embroideries created by the local women who participated in this project, to show their own kitchens and share a part of their lives:
You can get find out more about this beautiful project on the Guldusi website, www.guldusi.com
A special thanks to Pascale for the pictures and information