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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    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan

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  • Quilt

    Quilt

    Asia: South Asia, India, Northern India, Rajasthan

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    Asia: South Asia, India, Central India

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

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What do the various scraps of cloth tell us about the culture of the Sidis in India?

responded: Apr 9, 2010

Posted by Patricia Bentley

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The little scraps of alphabet cloth to the left of centre speak eloquently of the Indian Ocean World that is the home of the Siddis of Karnataka. There, a zebra cavorts alongside of a citrus juicer, and a lotus blossom unfurls its petals as a sailboat breezes past.

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