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World in stitches at Ukraine Pavilion

UKRAINE Pavilion unveils its art festival today by unveiling a map of the world in embroidery that visitors can add stitches to.

Visitors can try their needle skills to complete the rest of the map, under the direction of Ukrainian embroidery expert Tatyana Protcheva.

The rough sketch of the art piece - 1.2 meters long and 0.5 meters tall - has been outlined in silk.

Sergii Burdyliak, the Consul General of Ukraine in Shanghai, started the first stitch at the opening ceremony.

The work is set to be finished within three months. After the Shanghai Expo is over, the art piece completed by the joint efforts of people from different places will be displayed in Shanghai. It will be shown at the next World Expo in Milan, Italy, in 2015.

It is the second time Protcheva has attended a World Expo, the first time in the Aichi Expo in Japan in 2005.

"I'm so happy and proud to be here in Shanghai," she said. "From the Aichi Expo, I came to realize that people in the world could communicate with each other not only by language but also by their culture."

She got the idea of embroidering in the Shanghai Expo during a cultural exchange to the city several months ago. "I saw the light of joy in the eyes of my students and visitors when I was teaching them how to embroider, which greatly inspired me," Protcheva said.


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