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Quilts of Southwest China

Main Gallery
Sept. 27, 2015 – May 1, 2016
Special Program! Last Chance to See "Quilts of Southwest China" - Sunday, May 1 @ 2-5 p.m.

In southwest China, traditional bed coverings and other household items have often been, like American quilts, made of small pieces of fabric that are patched and appliquéd together to form artistic, functional textiles. A bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums, led by the MSU Museum and the Yunnan Nationalities Museum (Kunming), has fostered an effort to document this textile tradition and, at the same time, advance an understanding of the intangible and tangible cultural heritage of China. A ground-breaking exhibition on this art will have its world debut at the Michigan State University Museum after which it will tour nationally.

Image caption: c1940, bed cover, photograph by Pearl Wong



Also of interest: Upcoming display "Walking in Love," features hand-made embroidered shoes.
Special preview and discussion of the "Walking in Love" project with Xiaoxing (Adele) Han in the MSU Museum Auditorium on Sunday, May 1 at 4 p.m.
The display runs from Feb. 7 - May 1, 2016 in the Lobby Area of the MSU Museum


Listen to curator Marsha MacDowell on Current State from WKAR describe the "Quilts of Southwest China" exhibit.
Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau blog: Inspiration from China - Spectacular MSU Exhibits and Performances
The Marmalade Gypsy blog: Eye Candy Quilts