Global Perspective: Ralli Quilts
Written by Linzee Kull McCray
In this age of global awareness, it’s surprising that little-known textile traditions still exist. Yet in some countries, textile traditions can vary from region to region and even from village to village. So perhaps it’s not surprising that American quilters are just beginning to learn of ralli quilts, which are produced in the southern provinces of Pakistan and in India, where they’re stitched by hand.
This style of quilting was little known outside its home countries until five or six years ago, according to Carolyn Ducey, curator at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska. Today, the IQSCM has a fine collection of ralli quilts, helping to fulfill its mission of collecting and preserving quiltmaking traditions of many cultures and countries.
Photo courtesy of International Quilt Study Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2006.001.0001.