One Very Old Applique

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite pieces I brought back from India, the pièce de résistance, you might say (believe it or not, there are still a lot of pieces I haven't shared yet; you can collect a lot of textiles in three months). This is a quilt I got in Kutch that is probably from the Sindh region, and traded back and forth by family members who were divided when new borders were made in the 1940s. It's an applique ralli quilt, with layers and layers of old fabric inside, and is one of the thickest quilts I saw in India. This piece is somewhere around one hundred years old, but could be older, and all those bright colors you see are done with natural dyes.

This was the favorite piece I brought back, and is definitely the most intricate (and the oldest). But what to do with a hundred year old quilt? I'm still trying to find a good way to display it without damaging such an old piece. Either way, I wanted to share it with you:


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