From Quilts to Couture

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From Quilts to Couture

Bunn’s research into Kyrgyz fashion (2006-12) parallels her concern with the impact of globalization on Kyrgyz domestic textiles and local livelihoods. An exhibition in 2011 followed the initial collaborative research project, From Quilts to Couture, co-curated with Collins Gallery (University of Strathclyde) manager and Kyrgyz craft professional. This revealed the dynamic nature of developments in Kyrgyz women’s textiles since independence. The work of 30 Kyrgyz artists was exhibited, 12 Kyrgyz artists visited the UK at the opening of the exhibition, participated in a symposium and workshop during a week. The artists made £42,000 from the sale of their work (for many Kyrgyz, a monthly wage is approximately $100) and attracted an audience of over 7000. Questionnaires and feedback forms to both participants and audiences revealed a strongly positive view about the benefits of the exhibition in profiling the work of Kyrgyz makers, enabling UK audiences to become cognizant with the work, providing new input to Kyrgyz practices through contacts made in the UK, and in financially remunerating participants for their work
Event typeConference
LocationUnited KingdomShow on map


  • REF2014