New Exhibits Coming Soon
Brigham Young University
June 27, 2014 through December 2014, over 70 examples of ralli quilts from the collection of Patricia Stoddard were on display in the exhibit of “Fabric of Belonging Exotic Quilts from Pakistan and India”. They illustrated the cultural and historical links of quilts to the people. The variety, colors and designs of the rallis were incredible. This may have been the largest exhibit ever of quilts from this part of the world, certainly the largest in the United States.
Michigan State University
The MSU Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum is a contemporary museum focused on highlighting extraordinary art from various parts of the world. The Broad "is a place where artistic ideas, words, and actions create a vibrant center for questioning and understanding the modern world." Pakistan and its amazing quilt tradition was featured with MSU's permanent collection of quilts with a wide variety of styles.
University of Southern California
The USC Pacific Asia Museum had an exhibit of rallis on display between Dec. 20, 2013 to March 2, 2014. The exhibit entitled “Ralli Quilts Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan” looked at the artistic side of the craft. This exhibit, from the Stoddard collection, focused on expanding the concepts of a contemporary art by looking at form, pattern, and color rather than the traditional perspective of quilt construction and meaning of symbols.
European Patchwork Meeting
Ralli quilts were featured at the 17th European Patchwork Meeting held September 15-18, 2011 at St. Marie-Aux-Mines, Alsace, France. About 20,000 people came from all over Europe and other countries to view the rallis and other exhibits. For more information about this and future exhibits go to www.patchwork-europe.com. See pictures on the Ralli Quilts Facebook group.
University of Nebraska
A wonderful exhibit of rallis, kanthas, and other south Asian quilts was at the International Quilt Study Center Museum , part of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska between May 15 to November 19, 2010. The exhibit was entitled “South Asian Seams: Quilts of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh” and featured many quilts exhibited for the first time. Further information can be found at www.quiltstudy.org.
International Folk Art Market
From 2004 to 2014, ralli quilts have been featured at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Market is held the second weekend in July on the Museum Hill. Artists from around the world are represented. The rallis from Lila Handicrafts, a cooperative from the Thar Desert region of Pakistan as well as nomadic Saami quilts from Badin, Sindh were presented. In 2011 and 2013, Naina, a ralli quilter and her husband, Surendar Valasai were able to attend.
There was also a wonderful Museum exhibit including how making rallis is helping families cope with the devastating floods of 2010 and 2011 called The Arts of Survival. For further information the Market, please check: www.folkartmarket.org.