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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2014
Fabric of Belonging--Exotic Quilts from Pakistan and India

Dr. Patricia Ormsby Stoddard  discovered when she moved to Pakistan with her diplomat husband a world she had not anticipated--an entire culture of small scale traditional quiltmaking.  Years of collecting and research led her to fully realize the immense beauty and sophistication of these most dazzling of textile art creations.  She has brought part of her collection to BYU's Museum of Art and is here to discuss the little-known masterpieces with MOA Curator Marian Wardle and guest host Mark Burns.

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