Artist and textile scholar Jennifer Byram is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Like many others of the nation, is a descendant of Choctaw-Irish ancestors.
Jennifer created a patch for our Common Threads project to mark St Brigid's Day in Austin, USA.
Revitalization community project
Byram created this twined patch for a Choctaw textile revitalization community project using hand gathered, processed, and spun plant fibers and decorated it with pigments, plant dyes, and bone beads in a diamond design motif common in Choctaw clothing.
Gift to support
The donated patch recalls the 1847 gift of $170 from the Choctaw people to aid the Irish people during the Potato Famine – a nation-to-nation relationship of generosity that continues today.
>> Find out more about the Choctaw textile revitalization community project