Hawzah News Agency (Nelson, New Zealand) – With a dinner and the unveiling of a dress made as an homage for the martyrs of the Christchurch Mosque attacks, the Nelson Tasman community celebrated the end of Ramadan with the local Muslim community.
A Nelson woman has created a piece of wearable art to honour the victims of the Christchurch terrorist attack.
Ruby Bay resident Susan Mott designed and made the dress out of 51 hijabs, one for each person who died in the March 15 shootings at two city mosques.
The specially made dress was unveiled in Nelson on Saturday night, at an Eid celebration (which marks the breaking of the Ramadan fast).
Named "the tears of Allah", Mott said the garment was her way of doing something to pay tribute to the Muslim community.
"I was finding about the hijab and there was a lot of publicity, the prime minister was wearing it. So I decided to make the dress out of hijab."
Made up of red, pink and white hijabs, Mott made all 51 by hand before combining them into the design of the dress.
Mott said the red represented the violence and hate of the attack itself, while pink was the love and support of the community, and the white signified the spirits of the victims rising to heaven.
"Other people donated flowers, cooked meals, did all sorts of things, this was just my way of doing something."
Mott said she would like it if the dress could be used some charitable purposes.
"I don't what to do with the dress, it was never made for me – it's made for a tall slim lady.
"It would be really nice if it could raise some money for the Muslim community."