Quilting tradition

- July 22, 2022
| By : Patriot Bureau |

An exhibition of quilts made by the women of the Kalbelia community in Rajasthan as part of the Kalbelia Craft Revival Project will be held at India International Centre this week

A lecture by Dr Madan Meena, a practising visual artist, curator and researcher who is working extensively with rural, nomadic and tribal communities will also be concurrent with the exhibition. The lecture will focus on the cultural history of the Kalbelia community, their distinct practices and professions which are reflected in their quilts and distinguishes them from other quilting traditions in India. An example is the embroidered patterns on their quilts which draw references from the texture of snake scales. As a traditional snake charmer community, the reference to the snake is evident in their folklore, music, dance, and costumes, as well as their crafts and lifestyle. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Ritu Sethi, Founder of the Craft Revival Trust and Mewa Sapera of the Kalbelia community on 19 July at 6:30 pm.


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