Hand made Ralli Quilts
Rallis are traditional quilts made by women in the rural areas of south eastern Pakistan and western India. Recently they are gaining international recognition for their beauty and creativity having gone unnoticed for untold years.
The lives of the women who make the quilts are stitched into each piece. Each quilt tells of the natural creativity and love of color and design of the woman who created it. Every ralli tells of the strength of tradition. The basic designs and motifs of the rallis, that are also seen on ancient pottery, have been passed from mother to daughter and woman to woman for thousands of years.
At Barjis, textiles is the DNA of our brand – the rich heritage of Barjis Chohan’s background is always evident in our work. Whether it’s through the prints, the embroidery or the use of fabrics in our collections.
Rallis have a close connection with Barjis as she has seen her grandmother and mother make hand made rallis to be used for table cloths or duvet covers. Coming from a Rajasthani background with sindhi influences, collage which is the modern name for Rallis have been a part of Barjis’s life.
Below is an vintage applique ralli quilt from Sindh Pakistan. This cotton hand sewn and hand stitched ralli quilt is from the Chauhan community. A complete ethnic design.
We at Barjis are researching on rallis’ for our next collection as Barjis’s draws inspiration from her early childhood memories to bring an eclectic fusion of two cultures in her collection.
We wanted to share our creative journey with our subscribers – I hope you have enjoyed this post!