Khatumbi Muzavar

SWQ24 by Khatumbi Muzavar, 2008

Quilt, Mainalli Village (India), 2008

Khatumbi Muzavar is an Afro-Indian, or Siddi, master quilter from the Mainalli village in Karnataka, Western India.  The Siddis are the descendants of both early African immigrants to South Asia and enslaved Africans brought to Goa on India’s west coast by the Portuguese beginning in the 16th century. Gradually, they escaped slavery and moved southward into the remote Western Ghatt mountains of Northern Karnataka in order to create free, independent African Diaspora communities. They capture their history and culture in their quilts known as kawandi, available through the Siddi Women’s Quilting Cooperative.

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