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Quilt Community

Location of the community: Jaipur and Sanganner, Jaipur.

Name of the local entrepreneur/NGO/master craftsman: Sanjay Sharma

Number of artisan: 87

About the group:

The quilting community comprising of around 100 artisans are based in Sanganner, in the outskirts of Jaipur. According to some of the master craftsmen their families have been carders for generations. But carding is not that simple. Since lighter the quilt, the more evenly it is filled to make it warmer and comfortable, the technique is to convert a kilo of cotton to around 100 gsm. And it it takes almost a week to do this.

Quilting is the done mainly by the women and three or four standard patterns have been in vogue for as long as anyone can remember-Gol (concentric circles), phool (flowers), paan (the betel leaf) and lahariya (vertical stripes zigzagging down the face of the quilt) Two women work together on one quilt and between them they manage roughly two quilts a day, depending on the complexity of the design.

 

 
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