In Germany, unfortunately no longer lots of embroiderers practice Schwalm whitework. Many of them are of retirement age or advanced retirement age. Joungs are hard to find. Therefore, not only I see the continued existence in Germany of this typical regional handicraft at risk. Other embroiderers from all over Germany are also of the opinion with me that Schwalm whitework urgently needs a new impulse. They have encouraged me to do something in this direction.
In order to give new impetus to the interest in it and to draw the attention of a wider public to this multi-layered and thus unique technique, I have submitted an application for the registration of Schwalm whitework in the nationwide directory of intangible cultural heritage to the Hessian Ministry of Science and the Arts.
My decades of intensive study of the combination of different embroidery techniques developed in the Schwalm and my conviction of their uniqueness as well as my concern about the decline of this cultural asset have led me to take this step.
Two renowned experts supported my application.
In April next year, it will become clear whether this application will be one of the (up to four) proposals that the State of Hesse will submit to the Secretariat of the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs.