Kerstin offered her loom to me. This was a significant gesture as, being Swedish, the loom represents the culture from which she has been living apart for most of her life. With the loom came several boxes full of cut and wound cotton rag ready for weaving into traditional Swedish rag mats. The first thing I made, once I had prepared the warp, was a mat for Kerstin made from her own rag that came from garments worn both by her and her late mother. She has subsequently taken the mat to her family's summerhouse in Sweden. The loom is now in Bradford where Barbara has adopted weaving as a means to developing cross-cultural community. She is weaving wool since both process and material are familiar to Bradford.