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A dozen blue and white tie-dyed, long, thin pieces of fabric hanging from a line.

Shibori Peace Quilt Project

Exhibit Related Program

August 5, 2014

Practice love & forgiveness by making a collaborative Shibori quilt to share with people working for peace in Japan.

August 5-10, in the Art Studio from 12-3 pm Daily

Visitors can help create Shibori pieces in the Studio that will be sewn together in MAKESHOP to form a quilt.

Shibori is a Japanese word for dyeing fabric. Shibori is a 1000-year old art form in which cloth is tied, stitched, folded and wrapped in many different ways and then dyed to create beautiful patterns.

The quilt will be displayed at the Children's Museum; then, members of the group Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace will take the final project to New York for the International Nuclear Proliferation Conference and peace demonstration in 2015, where it will be presented to delegates from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to take back to Japan. Our Shibori project reminds us that beauty and hope triumphs over destruction.


Seventy years ago, a long time before most of us were born, there was a war called World War II. Like wars today, people from many different parts of the world were fighting. Others, who were not fighting, heard, saw and smelled the war all around them, and they were very afraid. Many people, even children, had to leave their homes to find safer places to live.

In many places, the people making the war told fighters they had to drop weapons on cities. These weapons were called bombs, and they fell from the sky. Many of those who lived in the cities were badly hurt, even though they weren't fighting. They didn't have time to find safe places to hide.

The two biggest and most poisonous bombs ever dropped fell on two cities in the island country of Japan, about 7000 miles from Pittsburgh, in August of 1945. These cities were called Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the bombs that fell on them were different from bombs used in any other war. These bombs hurt not only people and animals but could poison the land itself for years to come. Many people died. Other people got sick years later because of the poison in the bombs. 

Today, there are Museums of Peace in both cities where people can go and learn about the bombs, feel sad together, and forgive each other for the war. One of the things that makes things stop hurting so much is when people who remember what happened teach their children about how painful war is, and how poisonous bombs are. Another thing that helps is to make something beautiful to share.

Please join the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and Remembering Hiroshima, Imagining Peace to make a Shibori memorial honoring those who were hurt in World War II, and their children and grandchildren who have been healing and rebuilding their communities ever since. 

Presented in collaboration with the Pittsburgh organization REMEMBERING HIROSHIMA, IMAGINING PEACE