July 1, 2013-Pacific Asia Museum along with the museum’s Pakistan Arts Council will welcome acclaimed ralli artist Naina from July 18 through July 21 as an artist-in-residence. Visiting from Pakistan’s Sindh region, Naina will demonstrate the creation of these traditional quilted textiles.
Naina will begin her residency on Thursday, July 18 and will work in the museum’s Auditorium Foyer from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors may observe the artist at work, and enjoy completed works and vintage pieces on display. Select items will be available for purchase. Her residency continues on Friday, July 19 from 1-4 p.m. and during the evening’s Fusion Fridays event from 7:30-8:30 p.m. On Saturday, July 20 she will work from 12-4 p.m., and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. All visitors may enjoy Naina’s work during these scheduled times as part of museum general admission, with the exception of Friday evening’s session, which is included with Fusion Fridays admission.
Ralli quilts are made in Pakistan and western India by women artisans, many of whom do not travel out of their own village without male supervision. Requiring almost 200 hours to create, patchwork ralli quilts are richly patterned textiles made of old cloth from discarded fabrics. The cloth is torn or cut into geometric shapes, then stitched together on a palm mat using a large needle and cotton thread with patchwork, applique and embroidery techniques. Traditionally, ralli quilts were used as a form of currency, and would be included in a woman’s dowry. Today, they have become increasingly popular on the commercial market.
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