A Quilt workshop by The Square Inch, Chennai showcased the finest quilt making community in India

An exhibition cum quilt making workshop curated by the Quilt India Foundation at Sri Sankara Hall, Chennai (Jan 19-22) on the theme of ‘Abundance’ showcased some of the best quilting skills in the country.

Organised by The Square Inch, India’s first quilting studio based in Chennai, Quilt India Foundation (QIF) presented its show titled “Abundance” – a collection of quilts received in response to the annual challenge.

As per Varsha Sundararajan, co-founder, Quilt India Foundation, a range of techniques which include cross stitch, applique work, confetti quilting, and even printing photographs on fabric have been used by the participants.

These quilts are among 58 entries received as part of an annual challenge run by The Square Inch. Along with these entries, the Foundation is exhibiting a collection of temperature quilts for the first time in India. 

Temperature quilts typically use different coloured fabrics to represent the daily maximum and minimum temperatures of a given place over the course of a year.

“Every participant who registered was given the same bundle of fabric, and were asked to interpret the theme Abundance, however they wanted. The only riders were that they had to use the fabric given to cover at least 50% of the surface area of the quilt, and that the dimensions had to be 20×20 inches,” Tina Katwal, founder, The Square Inch says.

According to her, “Quilting is considered a craft, but we think it is a lot more than that. It is an art. We encouraged participants to pause and acknowledge abundance in its various forms, and bring out this interpretation on the quilts they worked on.” 

As a part of the exhibition, a workshop and demonstration was also presided by Anitha Manohar, Director, National Institute of Fashion Technology as the judge for the challenge, who selected the top two entries. The Square Inch, will also give a special award titled The Royal Inchworm.

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