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Quilts of Southwest China

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In southwest China, traditional bed coverings and other household items have often been made, like American quilts, 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 Michigan State University Museum and the Yunan Nationalities Museum (Kunming), has conducted research on this important element of intangible and tangible cultural heritage tradition Now this groundbreaking exhibition provides American audiences with a glimpse into the historical and contemporary practice of this Chinese textile art.


Mathers Museum of World Cultures, Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana
January 21- May 7, 2017

Museum of International Folk Art
Santa Fe, New Mexico
July 2, 2017 - January 21, 2018

This exhibition has been displayed at the following sites: Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI; and the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, Lincoln, NE.

  Rental fee for 12 weeks $8,000, plus shipping
  Number of pieces: 27 bedcovers, 5 related textiles, full-scale reproduction of a traditional Chinese bed, three videos, 11 text panels, 32 object labels
  Running feet required: 230 running feet
  Insurance Value: $27,000
  Security requirement: Lockable, limited access display area; trained guards or comparable protection system; provisions to prevent public from touching objects; object handling by museum professionals; temperature and light controls; fire protection according to local ordinances
  Additional materials available: Press materials

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