Textile Talks | Quilts of South Africa

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Textile Talks

Textile Talks features weekly presentations and panel discussions from the International Quilt Museum, the Modern Quilt Guild, Quilt Alliance, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Studio Art Quilt Associates, and Surface Design Association. The programs are held online at 2 pm. Eastern (11 am Pacific) each Wednesday. 

From the early use of pieced-together hides to fashion bedcoverings and clothing to individuals today making textile art for wall displays, the production of patchwork in South African has been an important aspect of the country’s material culture history. This presentation will provide an overview of that history, personal stories of the current quilting scene, and an introduction to using the Quilt Index to access the quilt collections in many South African museums and at the Michigan State University Museum.

About the presenters:

Marsha MacDowell and Felicity Khan. MacDowell is Professor and Curator of Folk Arts and Quilt Studies, Michigan State University Museum and Director of The Quilt Index. She has written on many facets of quilt history and is currently editing a volume on South African quilt history. Felicity Khan comes from a line of creative women who were all involved in working with fabric. A retired banking administrator, she took up quilting when she became a mother. Now also a quilting teacher who promotes equality, justice and peace, Khan has exhibited within South Africa and co-coordinated Quilting Outreach Groups for women in under-resourced and underserved communities.