Kawandi Adventure: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio

A visit to the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles with some of my quilter friends was a treat, as there were several exhibitions on (plus the company was superb).  Today we will cover one of the exhibitions, Kawandi Adventure: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio.

Fabrizio was inspired by a 2011 exhibition of Kawandi at the Museum of African Diaspora in San Francisco. Kawandi is a hand sewing technique used by the Siddi women of Karnataka, India. She was intrigued enough to travel to India and spend two weeks with some Siddi women learning about their technique. They appeal to me because of my love for textiles, but as quilts, I love the improvisational aspect.

After this we will cover the A Common Thread exhibit, which I think was quite extraordinary and well curated. Though before that a little blogcation is in order…Hope you are enjoying your summer and enjoy the Kawandi Adventure!

Madder Plaids by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Madder Plaids by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Madder Plaids by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Madder Plaids by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Plaids Gone Mad by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Plaids Gone Mad by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Plaids Gone Mad by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Plaids Gone Mad by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Stripes by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Stripes by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Stripes by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Stripes by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014.

Tiger by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012.

Tiger by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012.

Tiger by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012.

Tiger by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012.

Very Red by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Very Red by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Very Red by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Very Red by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Blue Bicycle by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Blue Bicycle by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Blue Bicycle by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Blue Bicycle by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Blew the Blues by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Blew the Blues by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Blew the Blues by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Blew the Blues by Margaret Fabrizio, 2013

Four Roses by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Four Roses by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Four Roses by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

Four Roses by Margaret Fabrizio, 2012

To Be or Not To Be by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014

To Be or Not To Be by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014

To Be or Not To Be by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014

To Be or Not To Be by Margaret Fabrizio, 2014

Could Be 2 by Margaret Fabrizio, 2015

Could Be 2 by Margaret Fabrizio, 2015

Could Be 2 by Margaret Fabrizio, 2015

Could Be 2 by Margaret Fabrizio, 2015

10 thoughts on “Kawandi Adventure: Quilts by Margaret Fabrizio

  1. Oh how I would have loved to see these quilts in person. They are so imaginative and right up my alley. Thanks for sharing the tour.

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  2. There is also a great show with quilts by Joe Cunningham and Ben Venom that just hung, Found/Made, up until November 8!
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    We saw the Kawandi show at MOAD Back In The Day. The whole story, of the technique, the communal practice of doing it, and the Siddi people themselves is fascinating. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddis_of_Karnataka
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFuFehKak9t_ZuGPTwxwauwyyglG5RCgC Ms Fabreezi’s YouTube channel
    http://www.henrydrewal.com/exhibit_stitching_history.html The curator/promoter of the show that toured MOAD in 2011.
    http://www.dominikphoto.com/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=56&g2_page=2 Another project documenting Kawandi quilting.
    The indispensable Henry Drewal again, with a little bit of description on this technique, which I’ll describe, with ruthless, cultural insensitive concision, as Scrappy Big Stitch Applique Without Batting http://handeyemagazine.com/content/stitching-history

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