Organized and curated by the Museum for Textiles, Toronto, Canada. Documentary publication by the Museum for Textiles.

THE BIRTH SYMBOL IN TRADITIONAL WOMEN’S ART introduced the world’s oldest religious symbol — an abstract depiction of the Great Goddess. The birth symbol is a diamond-shaped figure, often enclosing an x-shaped fetus symbol, with projecting arms and legs. This pattern can be traced back at least 8,000 years and is used in the textiles of Eastern Europe, Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Even into the late 20th century, textiles continue to carry this motif as an echo from the past.


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