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Take a look at Patricia Stoddard's book, "Ralli Quilts
Quilts from Lila Handcrafts
Lila Quilts are hand-made textiles of 100% cotton that is hand-dyed sewn in traditional designs.
They have all the qualities of folk art: creative colors, imaginative designs, and perhaps slightly
irregular in size or shape. The quilts are made by the Lila Handcrafts Cooperative - a group of
Hindu women in a small village in the Thar desert region of Sindh, Pakistan. The fabric is dyed
and printed by men in the community. The Lila cooperative has been together since 2004. They are using the profits to fund a primary school for their children. The Santa Fe Desert School is named after the Santa Fe Folk Art Market where their quilts have been sold since 2006. Please enjoy looking at their beautiful work!
A major tragedy occurred in southern Sindh starting in August 2011. Torrential rains from the yearly monsoons caused terrible flooding that damaged or destroyed the homes of all the Lila quilters. (In the area, over 430 people were killed, 1.5 million homes were damaged and almost 9 million people were affected.) Roads were also destroyed for months and food was scarce. From contact at the Santa Fe Folk Art Market, an NGO, SHINE Humanity, became aware of the plight of Lila quilters and their families. A successful fund raiser was held in the first of September 2011 in Santa Fe with wonderful volunteers to provide resources for SHINE to help. For further information on their work and donations please check www.shinehumanity.org.
Bed quilts come in different sizes: child, twin and queen. The top is hand pieced in a variety of designs. The back is a block print of various colors. As each of these pieces is hand crafted, each is unique. Please contact us if you have specific questions. It is safest to dry clean the quilts or spot clean.
Decorator squares can be used on a table, hung on a wall or over the back of a chair. They can also be used as a baby blanket.