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Fair Trade Hand Block Printed 'Dhara' Reversible King Quilt Set and Storage Bag (India)

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  • Fair trade, hand block printed quilt sets comes with one king quilt, a matching set of king pillow shams and a storage bag that can be used as a laundry bag while the quilt is in use.

  • Winding vines and flowers of gold, white and turquoise are on a background of a beautiful shade of sage green.  The reverse side of the quilt gives way to a cream background with blooms of turquoise, gold, and umber.

  • Quilt is extremely lightweight and warm and 100% cotton both inside (filling) and out.

  • Three Pillars Trading Co.'s quilts use natural dyes on unbleached cotton fabric.

  • Cotton is purchased at a price set by the committee of raw cotton traders in India, to ensure that a fair price is given to cotton farmers. 

  • Story Behind the Art:  At one end of the street, in a brighter and less tumbledown set of rooms, two sisters Kamala and Lalita sit quilting a freshly filled razai (quilt). Playing their fine needles with superb ease, they laughed when we mentioned marking the pattern in chalk. “Only novices need that kind of help,” said Kamala laughing. “We’ve been doing this for years now. In fact, we’re earning enough to keep the home fires burning. It’s a hereditary skill. Our mother still plies a deft needle.” Quilting is the sole purview of women and three or four standard patterns have been in vogue for as long as anyone can remember. Gol(concentric circles), phool (flowers), paan (the betel leaf) and lahariya (vertical stripes zigzagging down the face of the quilt).  Kamala and Lalita work together on one quilt and between them manage roughly two quilts a day, depending on the complexity of the design.  Kamla and Lalita, indeed all artisans employed by Three Pillars Trading Co.'s projects, receive a living wage and work under safe conditions. They are also given help in the form of trade, which helps them break the cycle of poverty.
    • Brand : Three Pillars Trading Co.
    • Dimensions : 110" X 110"
    • Weight : 6.0000
    • UPC : 895427002184
    • MPN : Dhara King
    • SKU : Dhara King
    • Ship Time Frame : 1-3 days