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: Jul 13, 2012

Posted by Charlotte H

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At first glance I see a large body of water with a little island in it (the green square). Around the body of water lays a desert (the orange boarder). The scattered coloured squares appear like a crowd of beach umbrellas. It is a bird eye view from which I preceive this image. However, as I continue to look deeper into the quilt another image appears, it resembles a very close up view of an eye ball. The centre blue square is the pupil, while the iris is made up of the orange boared and colourful specs that were once beach umbrellas. The previous green island is a relection of the light in the pupil. It is a wonderful abstract image which creates a more intricate and adorned piece of work.
 

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