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War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics

A showcase of the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using the richly dyed wools from British military and dress uniforms. Once termed “Soldiers” or “Convalescent” quilts, these textiles are most closely associated with the Crimean War, and conflicts in India, South Africa, and other troubled regions of the British Empire in the nineteenth century. The exhibition relates these military quilts to an earlier technique of pictorial inlaid or intarsia quilts made with felted wool during the Prussian and Napoleonic Wars beginning in the mid-eighteenth century. The visual virtuosity of these quilts, which often incorporate many thousands of pieces no more than one-inch square, assumes a deeper emotional resonance as we consider the quilts within the matrix of war and its aftermath.