Borås Stad



we knit for peace

Why do you knit? Is it possible to knit for peace? We invite you to pick up your needles and take part in an exhibition at the Textile Museum.

Borås will celebrate its 400 year anniversary in 2021. The leading textile city of Sweden has gone from local production with customers from all over the country to a center for design and research with top-notch education and international exports. At the same time, textile handicrafts continue to thrive, bringing people together within global traditions. To celebrate the strength of crafts, the Textile Museum, Cirkus Cirkör, Borås Stadsteater and Hemslöjdskonsulenterna VGR have joined together in a call for people to contribute their own knitted pieces. Together, the pieces will form the exhibition We Knit for Peace which will be shown at the Textile Museum in February-March 2021.

During the same period, Borås Stadsteater presents the contemporary circus performance Knitting Peace in collaboration with Cirkus Cirkör – an exciting and poetic show with breath-taking artistry, looped live music and thought-provoking scenography where white yarn plays a main part. Inspired by the circus artists’ drive to make the impossible possible, themes of peace, aspirations and knitting are woven together in a world full of ropes, tangles and threads. A single human being’s aspirations can be part of something bigger. Maybe it is even possible to knit peace? A celebration of handicrafts and of the long tradition of textiles in Borås to mark the 400th anniversary of the town’s founding.

Do you want to take part in the exhibition?
We invite you to knit on the theme of Peace! The submitted works will form an exhibition which opens at the Textile Museum at the beginning of the Anniversary year of 2021.

The only rules are that your knitting has to be white – the colour of peace – and that it is possible to display it hanging. Otherwise, you are free to mix materials and knitting techniques. You may knit an image, something practical or something completely unique – your own imagination is the limit!

Submit your work at the reception desk at the Textile Museum or send it by post on 20 November 2020 at the very latest

Together with your knitted piece, we need you to hand in a note with your name, place of residence and you e-mail address and also answer the following questions:

Why do you knit?

What do you aspire to?

Is it possible to knit peace?

Please note! Write clearly. Your answers may be used in the exhibition.

Address to send your piece to:
501 80 Borås

Leave your contribution at The Textile Museum reception during opening hours:
Textile Fashion Center
Skaraborgsvägen 3A, Borås

If you want your knitting back when the exhibition is over, you can pick it up at the Textile Museum between 2 May 2021 and August 31 2021 during opening hours. We are not able to return your knitting by post. Pieces not collected before 31 August 2021 will be donated to Cirkus Cirkör to become part of the Knitting Peace project. This means your work may be shown at future peace-themed exhibitions by Cirkus Cirkör. By submitting your work, you agree to it becoming part of this and future exhibitions and that your answers may be quoted in the exhibitions and marketing-related communications.

If you have questions, please contact eva.blomqvist@boras.se

Join our Facebook group!
Share your thoughts during the creative process in the Facebook group We Knit for Peaceexternal link! Exchange ideas and experiences with others there. A place to inspire and be inspired!

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Textile Museum, Cirkus Cirkör, Borås Stadsteater and Hemslöjdskonsulenterna VGR.



Textile Fashion Center
Skaraborgsvägen 3 A, SE-501 80  Borås
+46 33 35 89 50



Textilmuseet, Textile Fashion Center
+46 33-35 89 50