Reviewed by: Elina, KPL Patron
Rating: 4 Stars
In the rural community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, African American women have been making quilts for generations. Taught by their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, these women use scraps of old overalls, aprons, bleached cornmeal sacks - anything they can find. The mere scraps are then transformed into spectacular works of art, each one displaying a unique pattern with vibrant colors and complex geometric composition. Over the years, the women made quilts to keep their families warm and comfortable, never imagining that someday their work would hang on museum walls. Much to their surprise, many of the quilts were featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2002, which then traveled to the Whitney Museum in New York City. Soon enough, the whole world became acquainted with the quilts and the amazing women who created them.
"This book, which is about the women of Gee's Bend, Alabama, tells the true story in words and photographs of the challenges they and their ancestors faced, the quilts they made, and how they eventually came to be displayed in museums around the country. What the women saw as useful and necessary were actually works of art and of historical value. Instructions for creating your own quilt are at the end of the book. This quick read is well worth your time"
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