Katab Quilt – Jamnaben



One of a kind, handmade textile quilt made by Jamnaben - shown at Manchester Craft and Design as part of the recent Katab exhibition.

Jamnaben has been making appliqué professionally for 40 years, working for a wide variety of clients including independent designers and FabIndia, earning around 9,000 Rupees a month (about £108). Jamnaben is an experienced teacher and has led workshops at the National Institute of Fashion Technology and the National Institute of Design. She has also worked for the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development, travelling to Surandernagar to teach her craft to local women.

Jamnaben has taught her three daughters to appliqué. Her and her husband Premjibhai work as a team marketing their own skills and those of the others within the community to help everyone get work. Her parents were born in Pakistan and migrated to Ahmedabad following independence, but she has numerous relatives in Pakistan.

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