Soulful Stitching: Stunning Siddi Quilts at MoAD

Soulful Stitching: Stunning Siddi Quilts at MoAD

Tess Wilson
Aug 22, 2011

Ah, summer in San Francisco: the time of year when we stay warm in museums by day and cozy up with quilts at night. Banish the fog from your bones at the Museum of the African Diaspora, where absolutely amazing handmade quilts made by Siddi women are currently on display....

"Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India" can be seen at MoAD until September 18th. According to the museum, "While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed certain African traditions. In the visual arts, one tradition stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi." The photographs of the quilts are so stunning — I can't wait to see them in person. Some of the patches are so tiny! Can you imagine the amount of work that goes into each quilt? "Mixing together a vibrant array of well-worn clothing fabrics, Siddi quilts are highly individualistic, yet quilters share many clear and precise opinions about quality, beauty, and the need to 'finish properly' the corners with triangular patches called phulas, or flowers." Lovely. Maybe I'll see you there!

Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India
$10/adults, $5/students & seniors, Free for members and children 12&younger
Noon-5 p.m, Wednesdays-Sundays, through Sept. 18 2011
Museum of the Africa Diaspora, 685 Mission St., San Francisco, (415) 358-7200

Images: MoAD, My Shades Magazine, and SFGate

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