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Quilts of Southwest China -  Museum of International Folk Art  •   Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
July 9, 2017 - January 9, 2018
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Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, or museums.  The expamples featured here offer an introduction based on new research by a bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums, including participation by the Museum of International Folk Art.  Embodying layers of history, identity, and expertise, thse quilts reveal new insights into the comtemporary lives of minority communities adapting to a period of great change in China.

In southwest China, traditional bed coverings, clothing, and household items have long been made from patched and appliqued scraps to create artistic and functional textiles. A bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums has worked together to document and research these quilts, an art form little known outside certain ethnic minority communities. Although the making and using of these quilts have declined, a surge of renewed interest among scholars, artists, and locals is leading to growing efforts to study the textiles and the skills needed to continue making them.

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Museum of International Folk Art
706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505