Quilt

This quilt is pieced together from fragments of used cloth, including previously worn silk and cotton saris. The bold style and free arrangement of patches suggest it was made by the Sidis, descendents of Africans living in India. Sidi quilts, or kawandi, integrate both Indian and African textile traditions. Look for the contrasting, detailed embroidery resembling bird footprints.


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  • Quilt

    Quilt

    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan

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  • Quilt

    Quilt

    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan

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  • Cover

    Cover

    Asia: South Asia, India, Central India

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  • Quilt

    Quilt

    Asia: South Asia, India, Western India, Gujarat, Saurashtra

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What do you see in the central design on this quilt?

responded: May 12, 2010

Posted by Frank

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This quilt makes me think of a bird's eye view or map of a village. The large squares in the middle might represent fields of various crops and the smaller squares might represent houses.

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