A craft solely pursued by the women folk of the Kutch region of Gujarat, these quilted beauties are often a status symbol for the household. The women employ every possible durable material like printed fabric patches, embroideries, laces along with their vivid imagination, to make these quilts or 'Dhadkis', the most exquisite.

Raw Materials

Cotton fabric, old clothes and fabrics, raw cotton and cotton yarn.

Waste

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Tools & Technology

The women stitch together different layer with the help of a needle and cotton yarn. Depending on the thickness of the Dhadki, women use different kinds of needles. 

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Rituals

As per the customs of Node community of Kutch and Jamnagar, the body of the departed is either wrapped in Ajrakh or Jodhdi or Dhadki indicating a symbol of death in case of male, married women and children

Process

A woman of the household begins making a Dhadki with whatever fabric she can find in her house. She collects old clothes, raw cotton and fabric pieces. The tasks commences with stitching of fabric pieces to form upper and lower layer of the Dhadki. Then the upper and lower layers are laid together with cotton filler and discarded clothes placed as intermediate layers. Thereon, the artisan does a temporary basting to hold the arrangement in place. Then the artisan begins stitching the outer edge and moves on to doing the final stitching for the whole construction. Close running stitches are done in the form of concentric rectangles to give a stronger binding.

The border is embellished with strips of colored cloth and row of Chitki or Kungri are attached to the border. To make the Dhadki more vibrant, patches of different colored clothes are placed around the central region and stitches to form a unique composition, a form of appliqué or Katab work. There is usually no fixed composition in mind of the women; the ornamentation is done as they proceed with the making of Dhadki. Women also use the threads of different colors to enhance the beauty of Dhadki. These are often seen as the pride of the household. Darbar Dhadkis, which were made 35 years ago were reversible and the entire base cloth had fine patterns made solely in running stitches. Red, blue, green and yellow cotton threads were used. After this, close running stitches were done in the form of concentric rectangles to give a stronger binding.

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