In the rural community of Gee's Bend, Alabama, African American women have been making quilts for generations. Taught by their mothers, grandmothers, and aunts, these women use scraps of old overalls, aprons, bleached cornmeal sacks -- anything they can find. The mere scraps are then transformed into spectacular works of art, each one displaying a unique pattern with vibrant colors and complex geometric composition.
Over the years, the women made quilts to keep their families warm and comfortable, never imagining that someday their work would hang on museum walls. Much to their surprise, many of the quilts were featured in an exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, in 2002, which then traveled to the Whitney Museum in New York City. Soon enough, the whole world became acquainted with the quilts and the amazing women who created them.
In this look at the close-knit community of Gee's Bend, award-winning author Susan Goldman Rubin explores the history of an extraordinary group of women and their unique art.
A portion of the author's proceeds will be donated to the quilt makers of Gee's Bend.
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