Utility Quilt - machine and hand pieced, hand quilted, dyed threads and fabric
with a little commercial fabric thrown in.
Detail - a little bit of darning and a 'tufty' tassel
We are all used to seeing beautiful decorative quilts from India. In Kutch the wealth of textiles is eye popping. Beautiful work everywhere, however, in the villages you can also see everyday quilts airing in the sun.
In village houses, or bungas, quilts are stored in huge piles, new and best ones on top. The further you go down the pile, the older the quilts. Some are recycled as the fillings for new quilts. Tops are pieced, or wholecloth with applique. Lots of hand quilting, big stitches, utilitarian you could say, just to hold the layers together.
The back of a well worn quilt
Embroidered and pieced quilts
A shopping opportunity - Ludia, Kutch, Gujarat