RILII, MAKER UNKNOWN, MADE IN MATLI, BADIN, SINDH, PAKISTAN, CIRCA 1970-1980, 221 X 137 CENTIMETERS. IMAGE COURTESY OF THE INTERNATIONAL QUILT STUDY CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN; IQSCM 2006.021.0004. WWW.QUILTSTUDY.ORG. – TAASA Review September 2014

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Removing the quilt from its traditional place in the home and displaying it within the art gallery results in a shift in focus.

Viewing quilts in this setting encourages an analysis of their aesthetic qualities and formal characteristics, supported by an informed narrative which places them in their cultural context.

Imagining a quilt back in its domestic setting can cause an abrupt shift from the public to the private domain. And this is what happened to me when I came across a charpoy covered by a well-used and worn ralli from Thatta, Sindh at this exhibition in Lincoln, Nebraska...