Handmade quilt, Dhabada, Kutch (Gujarat) Applique-1060

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A handmade quilt, Dhabada, Kutch (Gujarat)

Applique work

Dimensions – 178 X 102 CM

Quilts locally known as Dhabada is hand-made using applique work technique and are a warm thick bed covering kept in place by lines of stitching using different fabrics, typically applied in a decorative design.

Applique is an intricate sewing technique popular in Gujarat. It is decorative hand needlework in which different colour and size fragments of fabric are stitched onto a larger piece to create a design or pattern. A big rectangle in the middle that has squares of different designs and many borders creates an augment to this piece.

Applique is used mainly for festive occasions but is deeply embedded in the lives of many aggro-pastoral communities.