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Convict Quilts

The Rajah quilt, early 19th century. The Rajah quilt, early 19th century.

Convict quilts are a form of patchwork quilt made in the nineteenth century by female convicts, often en route to Australia. One of the most famous examples of such an item is the Rajah quilt, which is linked to the British prison reformer Elizabeth Fry. The concept of convict quilts was revived in 2010 when the Victoria and Albert Museum commissioned a quilt from (male) prisoners in HMP Wandsworth.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 10th May 2017).

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Last modified on Wednesday, 10 May 2017 13:14