Monday, July 18, 2011

Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India at the MoADSF

 My grandmother used to make quilts but nothing like this. These are amazing works of art and if they were painted by men...well, you know the drill. It's only been in the last decade that quilts and other works on cloth, mostly made by women, have been looked at seriously. Now many are collector's items! But my mind boggles at the realization that these were made for everyday use. These beautiful objects are created out of the philosophy of "waste not, want not," in cultures where nothing goes to waste. We could learn a lot from them.


As part of its exploration of how traditional practices are adapted over decades throughout the African Diaspora, the Museum of the African Diaspora's (MoADSF) current exhibit is yet another stunning example of textile art made by women.

 Khatumbi Muzavar (Mainalii), 2004/courtesy MoAD

The colorful, patchwork quilts are known as kawandi and are made only by craftswomen living in the little known Siddi communities of Africans in India.

Continue reading on Examiner.com Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India at the MoADSF - San Francisco Museum | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/museum-in-san-francisco/soulful-stitching-patchwork-quilts-by-africans-siddis-india-at-the-moaf#ixzz1SUoM0YDh

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