Quilting has been part of the American landscape for centuries, but each culture has taken the art form and made it its own.Color and textile and resourcefulness are very key to quilters in general, but was particularly important to those women who were enslaved Africans. These quilters would bleach flour sacks, use scraps of their mistress’ clothes, their children’s clothes, or the actual textiles that they worked.
The Zuri Quilting Guild is a Middle Tennessee-based group of African-American quilters co-founded by Judi Wortham-Sauls and Dr. Renita J. Weems. The Zuri quilters (“Zuri” means “beautiful” in Swahili) incorporate traditional African textiles and African-American quilting styles to create work that is amazing.
The members of the guild use various techniques, some traditional while others use bold colors and unique designs. The guild describes themselves as a group of black Women “Piecing Together Our Past While Keeping Ourselves in Stitches”. We are excited to feature this exhibition in conjunction with the AQS Quilt Week in Chattanooga, TN.
This exhibition will be on display through December 5, 2014