Three Quilts

Here it is, round one of the textiles! I've been so excited to share what we found since we first got to India. Each piece is one of a kind, and all are entirely made by hand. For more information or to buy, email

With the exception of the second piece I am posting today, all of the textiles are old or antique, meaning they are valuable but could also have small stains, discolorations or holes from years of use. None of these take away from the aesthetic of the piece however, and in many cases it adds to it as you can see that the piece has been used for years. 

There will be a flat shipping fee of $7, even if you purchase more than one piece on different days. So feel free to order more than once and not worry about extra shipping charges. And now, on to the textiles: 

Piece #1 is a ralli quilt from Sindh, Pakistan which neighbors Kutch. It is entirely hand-stitched and around 60 years old. The quilt uses a mix of natural and chemical dyes, dating it to when natural dyes were still affordable for people in villages. This quilt would have been made by a woman to celebrate a wedding, and is a rare piece as quilts of this style are no longer made with natural dyes and cotton. The piece has a quilted center and sawtooth applique on the edges, with small tassels on each corner. Rallis like this one are quilted with layers of fabric, so the quilt has a heavier weight, and is in excellent condition with no noticeable stains or holes, which is rare for a quilt of this age.
Measures 76" x 45".

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Piece #2 uses the same color palette, but is a brand new quilt. Made in Jaipur, it is the only piece that was made for a modern bed, so fits perfectly on a queen or king-sized bed and measures 99" x 88". This piece was handmade in Jaipur with stonewashed cotton, and uses the same applique and running stitches as traditional ralli quilts. This is an excellent piece if you are looking for a functional bedcover that still has the style of a traditional quilt.


Piece #3 is a Bengali kantha made from old saris and lungis (plaid fabric traditionally worn by men). This quilt uses different shades of green, with diamond-patterned running stitches in white thread, and measures 78" x 50". These quilts are traditionally made by women and are entirely stitched by hand, combining layers of old fabric to make a functional quilt with a gorgeous color palette.


This is just the first three, there will be more tomorrow morning at 9 am, so make sure to check back then!

All photos (c) 2012 Katharine Watson


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