Across Central Asia, people place fabric scraps in trees and bushes in order to ward off evil spirits. They use patchwork in much the same way.

Patchwork and quilts are part of every stage of life in Central Asia, from birth to marriage to death.

Women make patchwork items for their dowry, which can include pillows, mattresses, quilts, table cloths, and clothing for the whole family.

Central Asian patchwork showcases the bold fabrics of the region as well as a range of repeating geometric shapes, making it both fresh and familiar to outside audiences.