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The AIDS Memorial Quilt is an enormous quilt made as a memorial to and celebration of the lives of people who have died of AIDS.

The Quilt is maintained and displayed by the NAMES Project Foundation and was started in 1987 in San Francisco by Cleve Jones[?] and a group of volunteers. The Quilt was last displayed in full on The Mall in Washington D.C. in 1996.

Over 48,000 individual panels commemorating a loved one have so far been made by relatives, friends or neighbours making up the 5,591 12' by 12' sections of the Quilt today. (A section of the Quilt measures 12' by 12' and usually contains 8 individual panels.)

Techniques used included patchwork, applique, embroidery, fabric painting[?], collage and needlepoint

Items and materials included in the panels:

The NAMES Project has 23 chapters in the United States and more than 40 affiliate organisations world-wide. The Quilt itself continues to grow, with 50 new sections to be added in March 2003.

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