UNIQUE PATCHWORK AND APPLIQUE CUSHIONS MADE BY HINDU MEGHWAR, PAKISTAN. 40x40cm.
Exquisite patchwork and applique cushions made by the Hindu Meghwar (Meghwal) tribal women from a number of villages around Mithi in Sindh desert Pakistan. Although there is a remarkable resemblance to American patchwork and the theory that American missionaries in Pakistan in the 19th century taught these skills, the Meghwar tribes have been making their ralli (rilli) patchwork quilts for many hundreds of years. These women living in mud huts with thatched grass grooves, mud floors, no electricity and water collected from a well. These women live under strict Purdah rules and are not allowed outside their village. The village men shop at the market in the nearest town. Also traders visit the village to sell goods and deal with the men.
During the the time these cushion covers were made, the 2012 monsoon delivered huge rains and so making my order was very difficult for them. Although I assured them that there was no pressure to complete my order, they did so and were very happy with the result. Less than 250,000 if the 2 million Meghwar people live in Pakistan. The majority live in Rajasthan in India.
Hand made, hand stitched, with beautiful bold colours, strong zip.
Sold as cushion cover only, filling not included.