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It’s Quilted

March 29, 2010


Here are examples of artistic expression from two isolated communities of the African diaspora.  The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Alabama are fairly well-known here in the United States.  Especially among quilting enthusiasts. 

Below is a video featuring Bill Arnett an ardent admirer, scholar, and collector of African-American art from the southern United States.  Through his efforts the Gee’s Bend quilts and the women who created them became recognized. 

The scholarship of Henry John Drewel has exposed the quiltwork of the Siddi women of Karnataka India to a larger audience.  The Siddi are an African-Indian community mostly descended from slaves brought to Goa by the Portuguese.  






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