Mahātmā Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
63cm x 101cm
Instantly recognised the world over as the powerful, yet mild-mannered man who used peaceful means to achieve change. Known to his many followers as Mahatma, or ‘the great-souled one, Mohandas Gandhi devoted his life to achieving change against injustice. He is depicted at different stages of his life and surrounded with impressions of his own made spinning wheel, one of the many tools he used to quietly make his point.
This quilt is deliberately quiet and pale, a gentle quilt for a gentle man.
Gandhi was known to be a very shy man who for many years was uncomfortable speaking in public. As a result he was a very good listener and used this to his advantage throughout his life. In his early manhood he travelled to London to train in law, but on his return to India he found it difficult to find work. This led him to take a job in South Africa working as a lawyer. There he experienced first-hand the injustice and humiliation of Apartheid, which proved to be a turning point in his life. Whilst practicing law in South Africa he took many cases that would benefit Indians and other people of colour.
Upon his return to India he and in the years following World War I he became the leading figure in India’s struggle to gain independence from Great Britain. He is mostly remembered as the man who fought for Indian independence by using a policy of passive resistance and non co-opertion, which he named Satyagraha. These methods inspired several other world leaders in their own struggles against injustice.
This quilt will be touring as part of 'OURstory: Human Rights Stories in Fabric' an exhibition curated by Susanne Miller-Jones. The collection will tour throughout 2019 -2021 and will debut at The International Quilt Festival in Houston in 2019.
A book to accompany the exhibition is available here: