For quilt designers, a chance to take their art to other countries



There are many artisans who have dedicated their lives to art but today find it difficult to make a living due to the influx of cheap blankets on the market.

In Bengal, a thin, hand-sewn quilt is called “Kantha”.

Quilting is an age-old craft seen across the world, where three or four layers of old cotton clothing are hand-sewn to make products such as blankets and cushion covers. In India, each state has its own quilt sewing pattern, called by different names like “Godhadi” in Maharashtra, “Gudri” in Rajasthan and “Kaudi” in Karnataka. In Bengal, a thin, hand-sewn quilt is called “Kantha”.

Many artisans have dedicated their lives to art but today find it difficult to make a living due to the influx of cheap blankets on the market. MotherQuilts, an organization founded by Niraj V Borate, helps quilt artisans across the country revive the art and increase their wages. They currently work with more than 350 artisans, “all women”, in nine states of India, and export their products to 19 countries.

Borate said that after making some technical changes to the quilt-making process, they were able to help artisans reduce their quilt production time from 8-10 days to two to three days, resulting in a increase in their daily salary from “Rs 100 – 150 to Rs 600-650.

MotherQuilts also hosted quilting workshops on Sundays, where two local artisans teach 25 to 30 participants from different backgrounds the art of quilting. MotherQuilts will be hosting a workshop called “Learn Quilting” on January 2, 11 am to 2 pm, at the MotherQuilts Studio on FC Road, Deccan.

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