October 14, 2010

Quilts from TSA part 2

The International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln, NE has an amazing exhibition up called South Asian Seams: Quilts from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. All of the quilts were truly incredible - all hand pieced and hand quilted, with an amazing use of color, pattern, and repetition. I was particularly mesmerized by the Ralli Quilts from Pakistan. I have known about Rallis for a few years, but this was my first experience seeing them in person. Its impossible to know what the future will bring, but I have a feeling that the impact of seeing these quilts in person will change my work.

detail of the above Ralli   

 Ralli from Pujab, Pakistan. This ralli has the traditional Punjabi patterning with a mixture of geometric blocks and fine line applique. The appliqued blocks remind me of paper cut artwork and Hawaiian Quilts.

From Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan. Features fifteen 8-petaled lotus flowers in bright colors. The multiple, patterned borders are typical of the region. 

All of the hand-stitching and hand-applique make me feel pretty lazy for machine stitching everything. I need to reconsider time and commitment in my work and the expressive quality of a hand-made stitch. 


  1. Beautiful blog. Glad to see photos of ralli quilts of Punjab and Khairpur. We provide handmade traditional ralli quilts made by the local folk craftswomen of desert Tharparkar, Sindh Pakistan.
    Our rallis could be found at www.ralliquilt.com with Patricia Stoddard in USA.

  2. Kim, this is beautiful! I'm so glad you documented a few of these quilts. I was only able to visit them on the first night, and I toured through quickly, thinking for sure I'd be back! Also good that it's got you thinking about hand-stitching... between these, the Kathmandu quilts, and Anna's work, I'm sure you'll start experimenting with some new ideas.
    (I sent you an email, if it doesn't arrive, please write to me so that I have your correct address.)

  3. Hi Tracy! It's too bad you didn't get to go back. It was an amazing show. And there was a whole room of antique kids quilts.
    I didn't get your email. I'll check to see if I have yours and send one your way.

  4. Beautiful pictures of ralli quilts. Thanks for sharing them.