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In collaboration with ‘Knitwear Lab’, I developed a knitted blanket for people who are in mourning.
Fields of grey yarn can be unravelled as a ritual, exposing a cheerful pattern that can be kept as a memory of a person who has passed away. People who suffer some kind of loss often feel as if their lives are out of control. Rituals can help restore that feeling of control and in turn, make it easier for them to cope with the grief that they are experiencing.
The blanket is inspired by mourning rituals around the world, from the colour codes of the traditional clothing of Staphorst to the tradition of Jewish mourners who are expected to tear a garment as an expression of their pain. I figured that knitting would be a good technique to use as pulling one loose thread can unravel a whole piece. The project is not only about the knit as the end result, but also how the yarn therapeutically can be unravelled in a controlled manner so that it only unravels where it’s meant to.