Quilts tell many stories. They often contain information about a culture’s traditions, migration patterns, communities and individuals. Quilts may be part of women’s dowries, decorate their wedding beds and welcome the birth of a child. Designs and symbols used in quilts draw on local beliefs.
The Museum of International Folk Art’s exhibit “Quilts of Southwest China” showcases a selection of old and new quilts from the southwestern part of China that, until recently, have received little attention from scholars, collectors and museums. With the influx of commercially manufactured textiles and clothing into rural communities, the art of quilt-making has declined.
“There’s been very little research to date on quilts from southwestern China,” explains Carrie Hertz, Curator of Textiles and Dress at MIFA. “Part of the problem is that it’s difficult to find old quilts intact. The wet climate has broken down many of them through the years.” [Read More…]