Curator of Exhibitions Marin Hanson taught "Asian Patchwork and Quilting: Folk Art/Religious Art" (TMFD 490/890) June 24-28, 2013.
The course introduced participants to various patchwork and quilting traditions from a range of Asian regions, including South Asia (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh), East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) and Central Asia. The course emphasized the search for continuities and differences between the patchwork and quilting arts of these distinct but contiguous regions.
Students had the opportunity to examine objects in the collections of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum that are from each of these regions and will learn about their significance, particularly as examples of folk art (in contrast to higher-status crafts) and religious art. Something Unexpected follows the students' exploration of these traditions.