While staying with a Siddi (African-Indian) family in Northern Karnataka-India, Professor Henry Drewal woke up to discover what he was sleeping on -- a beautiful patchwork quilt. He began to learn about this wonderful quilting tradition. The quilts are made by the women for their children and grandchildren to keep them warm and comfortable during the cool monsoon season.
In an effort to provide the women and the community with a source of income, Henry, Sarah K. Khan, and Pashington Obeng helped to create the Siddi Women's Quilting Cooperative and sell the quilts. All income after expenses goes to the Cooperative for educational, health, and agricultural needs. To raise funds, they have prepared a traveling exhibition to promote these beautiful and unique textiles.