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War-time quilts headed for Ipswich Art Gallery

16 March 2017

A rare and extensive collection of quilts will provide an insight into the recreational pursuits of soldiers in war time when War-Time Quilts: Quilts from Military Fabrics opens at Ipswich Art Gallery.

The exhibition, from 18 March to 25 June, has been curated by renowned quilt historian Annette Gero and includes quilts from as early as 1710 through to the end of the 19th century.

Among the exhibition is notable quilt Instarsia with Soldiers, one of the oldest in the collection, made from wool and most likely the uniforms of the Prussian soldiers it features.

Arts and Social Development Committee Chairman Councillor Charlie Pisasale said the exhibition offered an uncommon perspective on the traditions of quilting.

“For most people quilts are associated with comfort and warmth so it is absolutely fascinating to consider that amid times of stress and extreme conditions of war men turned their hands to quilting to pass the time,” Cr Pisasale said.

“As a country that has experienced war and conflict it is important to recognise the creative outcomes of these times in history.

“Quilting is such a traditional and historic craft and it is exciting to see it here in an exhibition that will intrigue audiences of all ages.”

Entry to War Time Quilts: Quilts from Military Fabrics is by gold coin donation.

Ipswich Art Gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

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