WERELDWIJVEN (women from all over the world), a special workshop for needlecraft
Jolanda Branderhorst, who initiates projects for the gallery Intermezzo in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, was asked in 2006 by the Local Authority to do "something" with the Turkish women who had been seen carding wool on their doorsteps in the town.
The exhibition that year, VERWEVEN MET TEXTIEL (woven with textiles), with works of design students, was the start of the project 'WERELDWIJVEN'. These students were then invited to make modern day products with the help of women in the region from different cultural backgrounds.
In 2011 the gallery made place for a permanent workshop run by Jolanda in the same beautiful location in the historical town center. As well as making unique cushions of high quality under Wereldwijven's own label, there is small-scale production for designers and the making of business gifts.
Women from different cultures, levels of education, young and old work here on a voluntary basis at times that are agreed with them. Passers-by can call in and have a look. High levels of skills are not necessary, pride in their work, a congenial atmosphere and the aim to overcome language barriers are!