Katab Quilt – Rashmiben

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

Rashmiben has been working in appliqué for ten years. She is highly skilled in cutting fabric, and was in charge of cutting and distributing fabric to artisans the Self Employed Women’s Association (Sewa). She has taken part in workshops at the National Institute of Design.

The quilt is based on one of Rashmiben’s favourite films, Bajirao Mastani, which has many parallels with her own life. Going against her parent’s wishes she had a love marriage – and likes the film’s inter-religious love story because it gives women respect. Her patterns reference the film’s Bundelkhand fort, and a bow and arrow representing the central characters. Rashmiben spent nearly two months completing the quilt, which combined hand and tailoring machine stitching.

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