Shanta Mingel, Kawandi (Quilt), Cotton and Other Textiles, 2005-6.

Shanta Mingel, Kawandi (Quilt), Cotton and Other Textiles, 2005-6.


Soulful Stitching: Patchwork Quilts by Africans (Siddis) in India

Feb 13, 2018–Jun 10, 2018
Joan Levine Freedman ’57 and Richard I. Freedman Gallery
Free and open to the public

The Siddis of Karnataka are the descendants of early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to India’s west coast from the 16th century. While they have adopted, adapted, and integrated many aspects of Indian cultures, Siddis have also retained and transformed African traditions. In the visual arts, one stands out: the patchwork quilts known as kawandi.

This exhibition is co-curated by Henry J. Drewal, Evjue-Bascom Professor of African and African Diaspora Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Sarah K. Khan, and organized for the Davis Museum by Assistant Curator Amanda Gilvin.


Presented with generous support from Wellesley College Friends of Art at the Davis.

Image Credit:

Courtesy of the artist, the Siddi Women’s Quilting Cooperative, and Henry J. Drewal and Sarah K. Khan L.2017.9.9.