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HAND-STITCHED PATCHWORK QUILT/RALLI FROM THAR DESERT,  PAKISTAN 140 x 200cm.

HAND-STITCHED PATCHWORK QUILT/RALLI FROM THAR DESERT, PAKISTAN 140 x 200cm.

$120.00


Vintage rough, old utilitarian hand-stiched tribal patchwork quilt with a small amount of hand embroidered in herringbone stitch and the traditional embroidered triangle identifying symbol at the peak of each white triangle patchwork around the border.

Cotton and polyester. 140 x 200cm.

The design used is a common one in Pakistan tribal / village life - the wooden milk paddle. This paddle which is often mistaken for a flower, is used in daily life to make butter which is then made into ghee and used in every day in cooking. 

The colours of this quilt are gorgeously bright - pink / red, lime and dark green, white, natural and a vibrant mid blue. The quilt is backed with various in fabrics in various shades of blue. It seems to be stuffed with some cotton bolls here and there. 

In Pakistan these hand-sticked patchwork and appliqué quilts are seen anodised everywhere - from camel backs, bedding, blankets, charpoy covers, even used by snake charmers to wrap the snakes in their baskets. They can be seen covering tents, drying on bushes and being washed in rivers. The women recycle old fabrics into quilts.