Fabric amulets guard against misfortune
... home to a rich history of patchwork and quilting.
In this region of diverse people, cultures, and landscapes, the act of sewing pieces of fabric together can be both sacred and commonplace. Central Asian people have long utilized talismans to guard against illness and malevolent spirits, and these protective objects have often taken the form of fabric amulets—including patchwork and quilts. And much like in other parts of the world, these colorful and meaningful textiles help celebrate and mark both momentous and mundane occasions in family and community life. Come discover the beauty and history of this diverse region's pieced and quilted textiles.
The text by Christine Martens is adapted from the IQSCM catalog, Sacred Scraps: Quilt and Patchwork Traditions of Central Asia