JUNE 27 – NOVEMBER 29, 2014
Showcasing ralli quilts from the exceptional contemporary textile collection of Patricia Ormsby Stoddard, Fabric of Belonging explores how historical traditions contribute to the deep sense of belonging that ralli quilts provide for people living in the areas of Sindh, Pakistan and West India. For their owners, ralli quilts are a personal form of identification that connects them with their region and their heritage.
Both Hindu and Muslim women make ralli quilts. Without quilting frames or modern fabrics, they create these stunning works of art with thousands of minute, closely sewn quilting stitches and exquisite pieced, appliqued and embroidered patterns.
Stoddard, who holds a Ph.D. in textiles and served as an assistant professor at Brigham Young University, collected these remarkable quilts while living with her husband in Pakistan for several years. She is the author of Ralli Quilts: Traditional Textiles from Pakistan and India (2003). Through her collecting and research, she has brought the beauty of rallis to the attention of the world.
SEPTEMBER’S FIRST FRIDAY AT THE MOA: CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF PAKISTAN AND INDIA
Friday, September 5 | 7-10 PM
Enjoy free food, fine art, and a fun night out with friends at the BYU Museum of Art, as we celebrate three exotic new exhibitions featuring the art and cultures of Pakistan and India!
GUEST LECTURE – DR. MARK KENOYER
Thursday, September 18 | 7 PM
The Indus Civilization, Pakistan and India: New Discoveries of Textiles and Their Legacy
This illustrated lecture, offered in conjunction with the MOA’s exhibition Fabric of Belonging: Exotic Quilts from Pakistan & India will present an overview of the Indus Civilization of Pakistan and Western India, with an emphasis on recent discoveries related to textiles, writing and major craft technologies.
Click the link below to view and download this in-depth educational resource packet detailing interesting information about the works on view in Fabric of Belonging to aid in your preparations to see the exhibition or after your visit.
Visit Patricia Stoddard’s website, which offers more information about ralli quilts, other exhibitions of her collection, and her book, Ralli Quilts: Traditional Textiles from Pakistan & India.