A gif of the exhibition title, Ambrosia, in Hoss Sharp with various glyphs and images shuffling and replacing random letters in the word.

Muniza Siddiqui

Glyph of a crayon.

Stitching the Gap

“Stitching the Gap” is a collaboration between my grandmother, mother, and myself to create a ralli quilt filled with various patches of Pakistani embroidery and hand-dyed cloth. Growing up in a Pakistani household, I have seen Pakistani textiles all around my home, and that inspired me to create my own. I was intrigued to learn about the designs I saw everyday. Learning about these textile patterns has brought me closer to my heritage, as well as closer to my grandmother. My grandmother has always been very passionate about embroidery. I knew when I first began my research that I would be getting most of my information from my grandmother. Before we started making the quilt, there was a gap in my relationship with my grandmother, as is with any grandparent-grandchild relationship. This was due to many factors such as language-barrier, age difference, etc. Embroidery brought us closer since it added something my grandmother and I can both relate to. Similarly, I have learned a great amount about Pakistani clothing. Clothing, and just textiles in general holds a huge value in Pakistani culture. I now understand the importance of textiles for the people of Pakistan. Hence, the title “Stitching the Gap” is a metaphor for closing the gap in my relationship with my grandmother and my relationship with my heritage. I could not comprehend the importance of textiles, but now I can finally recognize their beauty.

An image of colorful patterns forming a digitized version of a ralli quilt.
Handwritten signature from Muniza Siddiqui in black.