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Target is selling a Black History Month quilt ‘inspired by’ designs from 5 women descended from enslaved people. It’s not clear how much money they got

Posted on AllSides May 11th, 2024
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Over the past two decades, Gee’s Bend quilts have captured the public’s imagination with their kaleidoscopic colors and their daring geometric patterns. The groundbreaking art practice was cultivated by direct descendants of slaves in rural Alabama who have faced oppression, geographic isolation and intense material constraints. As of this year, their improvisational art has also come to embody a very modern question: What happens when distinctive cultural tradition collides with corporate America? Enter Target. retailer launched a limited-edition collection based on the quilters’ designs for Black History Month this year....

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