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quilting

quilting to stitch together layers of fabric in a composed pattern. This traditional craft grew out of an activity of leisure and resourcefulness, and was often done communally by the women of a household. Quilting has roots in a variety of cultures – Amish, African-American, Native American, Indian - each community associated with their own distinctive designs. At dosa, quilting is a way to bring together multicultural traditions and identities. For a project in 2004, dosa fabric off-cuts sorted in a Korean color palette were recomposed in new color combinations and visually transformed by noted African-American improvisational quilter Laverne Brackens. The quilts were then passed on to the Shuktara charity in India, where they were backed in Indian cotton and finished like Indian kantha. (1997) See also Shuktara, kantha