June 10, 2014

These Indian Village Quilts Channel The Great Modern Masters

A museum curator who specializes in temple architecture and Rajput paintings, [Cathleen] Cummings was not your average American tourist in India. But she was still bowled over by what she saw. It was a quilt stitched in the traditional “sujani” style, with one great thematic exception: instead of the typical take on rural life -- usually dotted in cows -- this textile bore vignettes of women handing out prophylactics, and a border of condoms.

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