The embroidered condoms weren?t obvious right away, but Cathleen Cummings remembers them vividly now. It was 2007, and she was in a village in Bihar, one of the poorest states in India.
A museum curator who specializes in temple architecture and Rajput paintings, Cummings was not your average American tourist in India. But she was still bowled over by what she saw. It was a quilt stitched in the traditional ?sujani? style, with one great thematic exception: instead of the typical take on rural life -- usually dotted in cows -- this textile bore vignettes of women handing out prophylactics, and a border of condoms.