The international “Quilts of Southwest China” exhibit on display through May 7 at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures was organized by a bi-national consortium of Chinese and American museums, including the Mathers Museum, that has worked together to document and research these textiles – art forms dating back over 3,000 years, but little known outside certain ethnic minority communities in China.
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Featuring 24 works expertly fashioned, patched and appliquéd together to form artistic, yet functional textiles, the exhibition presents research and collecting that provides some of the first documentation of the making and use of these textiles.
The exhibit is sponsored by The Henry Luce Foundation. Additional support comes from the IU Bloomington Arts and Humanities Council in conjunction with China Remixed: Arts and Humanities in Contemporary Chinese Culture.
Project partners include Yunnan Nationalities Museum; Guangxi Museum of Nationalities; Guizhou Nationalities Museum; Michigan State University Museum; Museum of International Folk Art; the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; the American Folklore Society; and the Chinese Folklore Society.
The Mathers Museum of World Cultures, 416 N. Indiana Ave., is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.