The Coded Changi Quilts
|Photograph: British Red Cross Museum & Archives (via The Guardian)|
When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese army in 1942, many British women and children were sent to an internment camp at Changi Prison. Men were sent to a separate military prison and, since no communication between the two sites was permitted, families did not know the fate of their loved ones. Canadian internee Ethel Mulvany devised an ingenious method to let husbands and relatives know they were alive. The female internees embroidered coded pictures onto squares of quilts, incorporating secret messages into their designs and signing each picture with their names.
|Honora Crawshaw and Mary Lowe's squares from the quilt. Photograph: British Red Cross Museum & Archives|