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Quilts of India: Siddi Quilts of Karnataka

Quilts of India: Siddi Quilts of Karnataka
October 31, 2017

From the western ghats of Karnataka, Shruti brings to you all the wonderful quilts of the Siddi Community. Living with limited means of survival, often shunned by the society around them and struggling to be a part of the mainstream of the Indian population, the Siddi tribe represents the strength, endurance and beauty of their ancestors! While they have accepted the treatment given to them, they have also worked hard to create a community for themselves. They have celebrated their lives and brought beauty in the world around them. A glimpse into the world of this wonderful tribe and their quilts, that are just like them - raw, organic and a beautiful blend of the African and Indian cultures!

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Shruti Dandekar considers herself a modern art quilter and has been teaching quilting in India since 2012. Since learning to thread a machine while on sabbatical in 2009, she has constantly pushed the boundaries of her quilting. Shruti was the founder and president of the India Modern Quilt Guild and has been an active member of the MQG since 2011. She is also a BERNINA Brand Ambassador. Shruti lives in Sangli-India with her husband Rohit, her 9-year-old son, Aadi, and her wonderful in-laws, Vandana and Shripad. She shares about her quilting adventures on her blog, 13woodhouseroad.com.