Stoke Newington pupils’ embroidery displayed at palace

Embroidery work by Hackney youngsters will be on display at Alexandra Palace from October 11-14.

Among the 60 young people who got creative for the exhibit are Tamoray Morrison and Carina Sapiains, both 14, from Stoke Newington School.

Carina said: “I didn’t know much about heritage embroidery – not much at all! I wasn’t sure what there was to know about it in the first place. But I’m really glad I got the opportunity to take part.”

The display is part of the New East London Embroiderers project, organised by charity Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. It aims to encourage youngsters to explore British heritage and cultural identity,

Faith Malima, 17, from Our Lady’s School in Stamford Hill, said: “Some designs you see in heritage textiles are most likely not originally from the UK, they were taken from Indian or African embroidery and brought into court dress.”

Maria Alvarez, FAD’s executive director, added: “FAD has been amazed to see young people of all backgrounds working in collaboration, and with a great deal of patience, to produce these incredible garments.”

After leaving Kensington Palace, the display will tour schools and community centres which took part in the project.