How to make Armenian Lace

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Florence Pashayan with sister, Rose Stewart, in the 1940’s.

While showing her adolescent daughters, Florence and Rose how to make Armenian needle lace, she remembers. Aghavni thinks of the delicate seven year old child she gave up to a stranger on the banks of the Euphrates. The year was 1915 when the central government of Turkey, by decree, condemned the entire Armenian population to death by deporting them to areas far away from their homes. When Aghavni and her child reached the turbulent waters of the Euphrates, Aghavni saw little children who tried to traverse the mighty river only to drown. Desperate she gave up her daughter. She wanted her to live no matter what.

Like an elastic band that stretches across time and space, her love for that daughter sustained her and with each lesson lovingly taught to Florence and Rose Aghavni knows that God has redeemed her.

Video courtesy of Susan J. Sady

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