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Discovering Sari Patchwork Tapestries Shannon Paris, buyer for Ten Thousand Villages
On Rajasthans stark, desert horizon rise grand palaces and fortresses built centuries ago by the maharajas. The exotic sights on the countrys western edge remind me what a friend once observed during his travels in India: the more barren the landscape, the brighter the clothing. Here, in Rajasthan, women wear vividly colored saris and as much jewelry as they can afford- bracelets covering their arms from wrist to shoulder, earrings and headdresses.
Saris are often embroidered with geometric designs, flowers and vines to personalize these articles of clothing, and also to indicate skill. When a garment begins to fade or wear out, it is not simply thrown away. The decoration is salvaged and sari fabric recycled. Embroidered pieces are snipped out and patched together with other pieces to create large blankets or wall hangings, which often become heirlooms passed to daughters upon their marriage.
This wall hanging is crafted in the same tradition by Chetan Ram Joiya using traditional Rajasthan hand patchwork and stitching, skills through which he and his family members earn their livelihood.
CRC Exports Private LimitedCraft Resource Center (CRC) seeks to develop economic self-sufficiency for a vulnerable segment of society through traditional handcrafting skills. Read more.
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