Eleven Thieves and Eleven Diamonds.

On this day in 1950, 11 thieves, in a precisely timed and choreographed strike, stole more than $2 million from the Brinks Armored Car depot in Boston, Massachusetts. Eight of the culprits were eventually caught and convicted but only a small part of the money was ever recovered.

This hand pieced, machine pieced, hand appliqued and hand quilted “Patchwork with Eleven Diamond Pattern” is 80″ x 49″. The quilt was made in Sangar, Sindh Pakistan between 1976-1999 and is now part of the Michigan State University Museum collection. Traditional quilts made in this area of the world are referred to as Ralli quilts.

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4 thoughts on “Eleven Thieves and Eleven Diamonds.

  1. Thank you so much for the share. 🙂 It is very encouraging for us to see Sindhi Culture flourishing all over the world.

    A normal Ralli Quilt is a textile jewel finished with physical and spiritual labour or done with hand and mind putting in almost 180 hours, 10800 minutes or 648, 000 seconds of labour by a woman artisan.

    In ancient Indus civilization, a Ralli Quilt was also a textile currency like other valuables. Woman start making Ralli Quilts in early age as part of their dowry. The poor artisans used to make Ralli Quilt as gifts for the occasion of marriages and births of the elite families. In return, they were given a buffalow, a cow or a goat as “Kheer Piyarini”, or to provide a permanent milk source for the artisan’s family. This tradition continues in Sindh, especially in Thar desert too. (Source: Ishraqi Designs

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