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Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal
What: Bengali women embroidered intricate cultural motifs on these quilts made from remnants of worn garments and gave the quilts as gifts for weddings and other family celebrations. These kantha quilts come from the collections of historian Stella Kramrisch and collectors Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz.
Why: It’s the first exhibition devoted solely to this textile tradition ever presented outside of south Asia.
When: Now through July 25
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Perelman Building, Fairmount and Pennsylvania Aves., Philadelphia, PA 19130
Admission: adults $8, seniors $7, students $6, children 12 and under free
For more info: 215/763-8100; philamuseum.org
Photo: Detail of the corner of a kantha. Faridpur District, Undivided Bengal (Bangladesh). Second half of the 19th century. Cotton, plain weave, with cotton embroidery in back; chain, darning, satin, running, dot, and seed stitches. 28-3/4x28-1/2 inches. Gift of Stella Kramrisch. Courtesy of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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