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Fully hand-stitched patchwork ralli quilt/throw made by Meghwar women, Sindh, Pakistan

Fully hand-stitched patchwork ralli quilt/throw made by Meghwar women, Sindh, Pakistan

$290.00


Like a contemporary painting. Crisp, fresh, bright deep cerise pink, lime green, bright orange, navy blue, red and white cotton 100% hand stitched patchwork ralli (quilt/throw) purchased from the Sindhi Thar Desert Meghwar tribal people in Pakistan. Meghwar women are renown for their exquisite needlework, embroidery, patchwork and reverse appliqué. They live in Purdah (isolation) and do not travel even to the nearest village. Their rallis are a loud and proud statement which tells the world of their existence, history and incredible skill.   230cm x 140cm

This design is like a geometric kalidescope made up entirely of triangles. Each large repeated design consists of windmill designs each made up of a square divided into 4 triangles plus 4 triangles topped 2 smaller triangles.   A strong inner border of navy blue diamonds is edged in a white zig-zag with each point embroidered with the Meghwar  KUNGRI symbol of a tiny triangle. Around this is a border of red and white alternate triangles with create a zig zag design. Finally a solid strip border of lime green and an outer strip border of bright orange.  The whole ralli is quilted in emerald cotton running stitch and each corner has a hand-made woollen tassel. It is backed with bright green floral cotton. There is also a tiny area of floral embroidery in the centre of one short end. I have not seen this before in one of these quilts and it is a lovely little personal touch by the maker.   A stunning quilt that would suit a contemporary interior. Very thin wadding. Unstained and no holes.