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Sacred Scraps: Quilt and Patchwork Traditions of Central Asia

Sacred Scraps: Quilt and Patchwork Traditions of Central Asia
May 12-October 15, 2017
West Gallery

The patchwork and quilts of Central Asia mark every aspect of traditional life from birth to death—touching each segment of society in vibrant and meaningful ways. “Sacred Scraps” moves the viewer into and through a cycle of life via the region’s patchwork and quilts.

Across Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, lands of vast deserts, arid steppes and dramatic mountainous terrain, women commonly make garments and objects for everyday use using multi-colored pieces of fabric. The primary role of patchwork, however, in addition to its utilitarian aspect, is that of a protective charm or amulet, believed to have magical properties and to be a necessity in every home.

Guest-curated by Christine Martens.