This is the DID/MPD Awareness ribbon that people voted for (click here for the story).
I chose a crazy quilt for my design for several reasons. First, in brainstorming the different ways to represent multiplicity, two of the things I might have used to represent it were already “taken.” The LGBT movement was already using a rainbow (millions of drops that come together to form a whole) and Autism Awareness was using the jigsaw puzzle (different pieces that need to be sorted out to form a whole). Someone had added dissociative disorders to the meaning of teal ribbons, but it wasn’t a symbol that stood only for dissociation.
But I hadn’t seen a ribbon or symbol that was based on a quilt, which is a lot of pieces that are patched together to make something new. And the significance of a quilt, particularly a crazy quilt, was appealing to me. People do call those of us who are multiple “crazy,” but I don’t necessarily think “crazy” has to be bad. So, in part, I wanted to reclaim the word and make it something that represented me more accurately.
One of the meanings of “crazy” is “broken into pieces.” And that really resonates with me, as I think about how so many of us wound up multiple. And a crazy quilt adds even more to that. Crazy quilts were originally made with the bits and pieces of expensive fabrics, too valuable to throw away. People would stitch them together with their best embroidery, emphasizing that the pieces were separate from each other. And then the quilts would be put on display, in a place of honor in the house. Much of their value came from the fact that they were patched together from many different pieces of fabric.
Another reason I like the quilt is this: people can define for themselves what the colors of their ribbon should be. They can use colors representing any of the other disorders or causes, and combine them into one. Most of us who have DID/MPD have also experienced things that might lead us to wear other ribbons. They can be combined into one, thus representing not only the issues of multiples, but also “multiple issues.”
Feel free to use the ribbon. My only requests are that you give me credit for it (by linking to one of my webpages) and that you not do anything that will prevent other people from being able to make the same use of the ribbon.
If you’d like the image in different sizes or resolutions, you can comment here, email me (jigsaw(dot)analogy(at)gmail(dot)com), or check out this gallery with high resolution versions of the ribbon.
DID/MPD Awareness Ribbon by Jigsaw Analogy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.