Since 1995, James Twyman has had the opportunity to travel to many places in the world, many in need of peace. In 1998, while the ethnic war in Kosovo was at its height, James was invited to sing “The Peace Concert” at a refugee camp on the border of Kosovo and Macedonia.

Over thirty-five thousand people were crammed together in tents behind barbed wire fences, while tens of thousands of people from around the world joined James in prayer to help heal the terrible conflict. It was not the first time he had been in this position, but it was certainly one of the most dramatic.

A section of the Cloth of Many Colors

Previously, James had been invited by Governmental officials in Iraq to perform this concert at the same time U.S. bombs were being prepared to be dropped over their heads. That was the first time we used the Internet to invite people to join us in prayer, and millions responded.

Other vigils in Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Israel and East Timor showed how willing people are to join their hearts together to bring peace to the world. Peace is not only a powerful reality, but also the most vital force in the universe.

Children celebrating at the United Nations

As James walked through that camp in Kosovo, he asked to be shown a way to make all those prayers tangible. It is one thing to pray and feel the power of our prayers, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could actually see, touch and feel them. That is how The Cloth of Many Colors was born, and since then it has taken on a life of its own.

The Cloth of Many Colors Project has drawn the participation of hundreds of thousands of people from more than fifty countries and has toured in many different parts of the world.

James in Washington, D.C.

On September 19, 2000, the nearly mile long quilt was presented at the United National building in New York at a special ceremony. The next morning, it was literally wrapped around the base of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Celebrating at the United Nations

The cloth on display in Ashland, OR

Two days later, it was presented during a concert at the U.S. Pentagon.

The cloth at the Capitol

Cloth of Many Colors at the Pentagon

Currently, the cloth is being prepared for expansion through “seed” cloths. Sections of the cloth are being shared with organizations, communities and individuals.

Peace prevails panel

People holding the panels in prayer ceremonies

If you are interested in being a part of this ever expanding message of peace please contact us at (541) 482-5941.

Cloth of Many Colors at Lithia Park, Ashland Oregon