|Two fans made by Lê Thị Hương, who was imprisoned at Tân Hiệp in 1971, which are embroidered with poems on freedom. — Photo from tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — The Southern Women’s Museum of HCM City has launched a contemporary exhibition featuring embroidery items made by Vietnamese women soldiers who were imprisoned during the American war.
The Embroidery Memorabilia of Women Revolutionaries exhibition showcases 100 items including handkerchiefs, fans, baby clothes, and paintings.
The works’ patterns feature messages and poems about freedom, such as a fan made by Lê Thị Hương, who was imprisoned at Tân Hiệp in 1971.
Vietnamese heroines and the Buddha are featured in paintings by Quách Kim Anh, who was imprisoned in Côn Đảo Island from 1954-1958.
All the decorative details reflect women soldiers’ love for their country, their families and children, and their optimism and aspiration for freedom and a happy life.
Nguyễn Thị Hồng Thắm, director of the museum, spoke at the event’s opening ceremony on May 23. “Women across Việt Nam in general and women in the South made great contributions to the country’s liberation.”
“Despite being imprisoned, women revolutionaries showed their love for the country and their beloved people and trust in a victory through their embroidery works,” said Thắm.
The exhibition remains open until September 30. The museum is at 202 Võ Thị Sáu Street in District 1. — VNS