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Dar in Moroccan Arabic means "house" so whenever I saw "dar" or "DAR" I think of a house, like Dar America, the American cultural center in Casablanca. In this case "DAR" means "Daughters of the American Revolution," and I think of Marion Anderson or my grad school graduation at Constitution Hall which I did not attend because I was in Nairobi. Regardless, I quite liked the quilts exhibit which showcased quilts exchanged between the U.S. and France, and quilts created after Hurricane Katrina. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take photos, and there's no image available of my favorite work, "Ancient Door," but the quilter has her own website with a gallery. The DAR museum is small and concentrated on ceramics and other household goods from the 18th and 19th centuries, but I enjoyed the quilts the most. Too pretty to use in fact.

That's also true for Grass Roots, an exhibit on handwoven baskets in the American South and West Africa. The humble basket is often reduced to holding magazines in the bathroom or lugging picnic supplies, but in this exhibit beautiful, intricate yet practical baskets are on display. I was most intrigued by how many of the West African techniques remained the same centuries later in places like South Carolina.

It is "only" in the 80s today. Sheesh!
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