24 August 2010

Iraqi wedding blankets

Superbly exuberant embroideries - my favourite gallery at FOQ -along with Quiltart's Slice of Life and Judy Hooworth, and the European art quilts, and ...
The chain stitch embroidery is worked by men.
The Marsh Arabs, who make these blankets, are Shi'a Muslims and representational motifs are not prohibited -

As the marshes are drained, the traditional lifestyle is threatened.

Visitors enjoyed the "floor show" -

1 comment:

Scratchaholics Corner said...

Wow. Is this a private collection? Museum? For Sale?