Follow the @milayaproject, a non-profit that will connect South Sudanese women with customers for their handmade pillowcases, bedspreads & wall hangings.
Viola Kide was in Juba when war broke out. She began walking, only stopping two weeks later when she reached the border with Uganda. She still doesn’t know whether her mother, father, and brother managed to escape. Framed by her aunt, Elisabeth, and cousin, Joyce, Viola stands in front of her milaya in Bidibidi.
The civil war in South Sudan has displaced two million people. When refugees arrived to Uganda they carried their only possessions wrapped in milayas—ornately embroidered sheets that have been passed down for generations. Today, in Bidibidi, the second largest refugee camp in the world, milayas are still being sewn. But there are few customers.
The Milaya Project is a non-profit that will connect South Sudanese women with customers who want to support the traditional artform. A Kickstarter will fund women’s collectives in Bidibidi to expand their businesses and sell embroidered pillowcases, bedspreads, and wall hangings internationally.
Photo by @noralorek text by @ninasabina24