Jaipuri quilts or razai as they are more
popularly called, are famous all over the world as fine examples of superior
workmanship from Rajasthan. The talent and skills of thee artisans are more
than praiseworthy as they put in tremendous effort to fashion a beautiful and
unique handmade creation that not only has aesthetic value but keeps as warm at
the same time.
The concept of
The idea of making quilts became prevalent in
Europe where duvets were made with down and feathers, and soon Central
and South America came up with tightly woven blankets that were extremely colourful
at the same time. A Jaipur razai is designed intricately, but is lightweight and
fluffy at the same time. A perfect way to describe it would be “comfy and snugly”
as they provide an incredible warmth that guarantee a good nights sleep once
you wrap it around you – it sure makes drifting off to dreamland a great deal
3-step techniques for quilt making
Jaipur quilts are handmade so they are unique.
The age-old techniques of cotton carding, cotton voile-making
and quilting are utilized by the artisans while crafting these wonderful
razais. Here goes:
It is an
elaborate procedure that prepares cotton to be used as a filling in quilts. Two
carders are deployed for this purpose, which are convex paddles equipped with
small teeth – the cotton fibres are placed onto of the carders, while the other
is drawn across the face of the first one multiple times. The position of
carders is transitioned between horizontal and vertical – this is done to
remove dross from cotton, which is the waste material. After carding, only soft
and fine fibres remain behind – this process takes a full week!
“layering” is when the cotton is distributed evenly throughout the quilt or
else it will end up being lumpy at some points while other parts tend to sag.
This part is crucial for imparting warmth and cosiness to the handmade quilt –
the covering is premium quality cotton voile, which is a lightweight yet gauzy
cotton fabric that has a soft and silky surface. At times a velvet cover is
used in place of cotton voile.
This is the last stage when the quilts are stitched
together. Nowadays artisans use machines to do so as it is faster, more
convenient, and enhances durability of the quilt, as opposed to using a
hand-held needle! This skill is believed to be an inherent quality as whole
families of artisans tend to collaborate on these projects with 2-3 generations
frequently working side by side.
quilts use stunning and gorgeously designed Jaipur fabric – you will be spoilt