Do you remember the fun-filled days where you would walk for miles in a stretch with your friends and not realize any stress because you were having such a blast with them? After spending such a memorable day all that you wanted at the end was a good night’s sleep which would rejuvenate you for another such day. How many times have we encountered such a situation in our life and how many of those times did the sleeping experience go really well? The importance of a sound sleep has been repeated so many times that we sometimes forget to focus on the main elements required for it. An aesthetic and appealing bedsheet coupled with warm quilts increases your propensity to sleep, thereby silently drawing you towards beautiful dreams as you succumb to its comfort.
Jammu and Kashmir
Since its inception way back in the 12th century Mughal period, this art form has gained immense prominence over time. Floral motifs and traditional designs used by the royalties during the Mughal era brought Aari embroidery into the limelight. Aari is a type of embroidery design in which beads and Muthia, a sharp-edged needle, creates a type of chain stitch. The beauty of aari work lies in the details as it is the delicacy and fine threadworks which enhances the essence of this type of hand embroidery practiced predominantly in the Kashmir valley.
The word “Bagh” in Hindi language has several meanings; “a beautiful garden” being one of them. The word “Bagh” used in the world of crafts, however, refers to a completely different phenomenon. Located in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, Bagh is a small village which produces exquisite hand block print works with natural colors. Motifs of flowers, mango patterns, leaves and geometric shapes are incorporated as block designs in a variety of Bagh works, which indeed encapsulates a beautiful garden on the canvas of the fabric. The pinnacle towards awareness for this traditional art form was its adoption in a tableau theme of the state of Madhya Pradesh at the Republic day parade in New Delhi on 26th January, 2011.
Applique Work Quilt
Applique work employs ornamental needlework where pieces of cloth are cut out and then sewn back onto fine fabric to make a pattern. The fabric cut out is designed into popular motifs of the region such as flora, fauna, vines or geometric patterns and then hemmed onto the base fabric to make it more attractive. The colors chosen are vibrant and visually appealing for decor purposes. Different regions in India have their own style and central motifs in their respective applique crafts, some prominent states practicing the same being Bihar and Uttarakhand.
This art-form was originally a form of mural or wall art or Bhitti Chitra practiced in Madhubani in Bihar and showcased the feminine expression usually. It was used primarily in the past for ritualistic purposes such as paintings symbolizing important stages of a person’s life, festivals etc. Popular in the Madhubani art-form are motifs of mythical figures, deities, nature and local flora and fauna. Most motifs are loaded with symbolic elements and quite recently, linking the cultural and economic setting of the painter’s life has become a very popular take on expressionism in this art. Both colorful and rich with symbolism, it is an invaluable piece of India’s art history.
Sanganeri Block-Printed Quilt
Sanganer, a town near Jaipur, was turned into a hand block-printing centre by the royal family of Jaipur due to its favorable conditions of abundant soft water and clay material. And it still remains to be one of India’s most renowned block printing clusters. With its stylized floral patterns, creepers, vine and floral net or jaal motifs, added to a vivid color palette of black, red, orange, dark blue, makes it certainly eye-catching. Products printed in Sanganeri art-form include printed skirts, veils, bedspreads, quilts and various kinds of apparel.