A static display of colourful clothing, jewellery and headgear was brought to life by women wearing their traditional costume and talking about the culture and traditions the garments represent.
As well as intricately embroidered and bejewelled garments from countries like the Ukraine and Pakistan, there were samples of bark fabric from Zambia, reverse appliqué from Colombia and carved Jonkonnu masks from Jamaica.
MWG director Faith Stabler said: “I heard wonderful comments about the standard of the display. With such a magnificent range of dress and fashion from around the world, it did seem a shame to take it down!”
Speakers from countries including Sri Lanka, India and Nigeria spoke of the celebrations and occasions when these traditional costumes are worn, and the significance of colour and decoration – such as embroidery at different parts of a garment where the body might be vulnerable to evil forces (Ukraine).
One visitor commented that it was truly wonderful to see how all the women represented their countries with such pride.
MWG director Marina Kralina said: “There was a real atmosphere of friendship and peace, with so many countries represented. We probably had around 50 people in the hall. And a big thank you goes to Sue Bootle and Tahira Dahar for all the preparations.”
Traditional music from different countries was played, and everyone was invited to join in with an English morris dance and a Russian dance.
Over £125 was donated for the British Red Cross Syria Appeal.
The Multicultural Women's Group Bury St Edmunds (MWG) is a group of women of all nationalities created to support women from other cultures who are new to this community.
The event was supported by Locality Budget funding from Bury St Edmunds Town Council.