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

responded: Sep 23, 2010

Posted by Wendy Smith

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It looks as though the creator of the quilt has embroidered chicken tracks on the quilt. And it is obvious that no scrap of fabric is wasted, indicating financial poverty but artistic richness. Reminds me of the quilts of Gee's Bend.

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