The Adambar Strivadi Quilt
hand stitched cotton, silk and synthetic fabrics, cardboard, beads
145 x 168cm
The Adambar Strivadi Quilt was created on a recent Asialink residency in New Delhi. It takes the form of a ‘memory quilt,’ comprised of detailed hand stitched fragments of text and image onto brightly coloured and heavily patterned Indian fabrics. The wall hanging comprises a kitsch tapestry of India through Just’s eyes, with a humorous and celebratory focus on the queer and feminine. To make the quilt, Just collected images and stories of her own and those of others she met on her travels. She juxtaposed these with images and texts from Indian women activists, poets and artists. Included in the quilt are references to Hindu goddesses, transgender rights, texts gleaned from bride ads, advertisements for women’s health tonics and women run taxi companies, as well as slogans and signs from Delhi’s 2016 Queer Pride event. Haptic and textured, Just’s quilt weaves a complex picture of her encounter with India.
Photograph by Kate Just