Tracing the route of Applique work

When migrants came from Sindh (Paskistan) to Jamnagar in 1946 during the India-Pakistan partition, they brought with them almost nothing except for the ancient craft of applique work that their forefathers had taught them. In Jamnagar some took to weaving dhablas (coarse woolen shawls) and Tangalias (skirt pieces) for the local community, while others took to working as laborers in farmlands and construction sites.

From leftovers of stitched dresses made by some who took up tailoring, the women folk started making appliqué quilts, Chandarvos (wedding decorations), Torans (embellishment for entrance of the house), Dharamyas and other decorative items for their homes and cattle. This helped the struggling families struggling to meet ends at that time.

In 1978, the situation improved with big orders from state associations. Not only are families into doing full-time business in appliqué work but training of others in the low income group women has been undertaken. Today, the top designers of the country develop products for them to execute.