The workshops, entitled The Clothes On Our Backs, will see BAME students and staff working with archival material to create poems and prose. Participants will write texts exploring their identity, which they will then inscribe using textiles and print into garments that hold significance to them.
Running on 18 May (11am) and 23 May (2pm and 5.20pm), the sessions will draw on the history of the Khanga, a sarong worn in parts of Africa. The fabrics of this garment contain symbols and messages that relate to the experiences of those who wear it.
Dr Jessica Moriarty, course leader for Creative Writing at the University of Brighton, is helping to run the workshops. She said: “This is a unique collaboration between Diversity Lewes, Brighton Museum and the university’s School of Humanities.
“Using the museum’s archive of Khangas – an item of clothing popular across Africa – we will use a combination of writings and textiles to share stories about clothing and identity and present these narratives at Black History Month.