The story of the Narrative Appliqué

It has been a while since we have been so very excited by a new find, but these Appliqué Wall Hangings hit like a thunderbolt.  This particular piece is called 'Water for our Village' and was made by Mitiben Soma in Kutch, India.  Working under an umbrella organisation set up to preserve the traditional crafts of the region, artisans of traditonally decorative textile have been encouraged to explore the narrative genre.

Each Appliqué tells a story from the life of the Artist or from the Community in which they live, using beautiful block printed fabrics and decorative embroidery and machine stitching. The detail is extraordinary. We hope you love them as much as we do.  

Below is the Story of 'Water for our Village' told by Mitben Soma herself.

"We are Dhebaria Rabari, living in Kukadsar village, situated near the sea.  Animal husbandry is one of the main business and mostly the males are engaged in these activities.  Women are mostly doing household work, taking care of their family and do the embroidery and applique work.

Water is very important for the women like me.  We have a good water facility in comparison to other villages.

We are using the water from the ground water tank which is full of water from the upper tank.  We are washing the clothes near the tank.  The waste water flows on the land where the buffalos sleep and enjoy.

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