A Falmouth sewing circle is joining the ranks of women across the country, arming themselves with blood-red cloaks and white bonnets they make themselves.
Wearing the cloaks, referred to as “uniforms” and designed in the fashion of those worn by characters in Margaret Atwood’s novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and a recent Hulu television series, has become a form of protest when women’s rights are threatened.
The story is set in a society where women’s rights have been stripped away, and they have been turned into reproductive machines for the ruling elite.
The Falmouth group met twice over the summer to make robes and bonnets for a nationwide demonstration planned for October 14.
“The goal is a stand-out in all the states; 50 handmaids in 50 states.” said Jarita Davis, Engage Falmouth founder who is leading the local effort.
Earlier in the summer, Dr. Davis, who is a poet and fiction writer, used passages from the novel for an artistic performance piece at the Arts Alive Festival in Falmouth, which she felt was timely under the current administration.
She and nine other women read from the novel wearing robes that they borrowed from the Handmaid Coalition based in New Hampshire. The organization’s mission is to ensure fiction does not become reality and it has loaned out robes for protests in cities nationwide.
“The context is to bring awareness. Rights can’t be taken for granted. They are always at risk when there is a threat of a power that wants to control a population,” Dr. Davis said.
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