Godhadi ( Go-dha-di) a term used to define pieces of cloth sewn together by hand to make a gorgeous quilt. But for us at Cornucopia the term Godhadi represents that and so much more. It symbolises all that we stand for and believe in.

A godhadi is generally made from left over scraps of cloth. These misshapen pieces of cloth are laid out and sewn together to make the most beautiful mosaics. Once the top is ready, other bigger pieces of cloth ( often in the form of old sarees) are used as an inner lining and backing . Finally all the layers are bound together by hand in straight running stitch. These stitches are measured using the most sophisticated tools - FINGERS. The quilt is bound either 'ek-boti' ( one finger)/ don-boti ( two finger) teen-boti ( three fingers) or chaar boti ( four finger) width or wider as per need.

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Godhadi-walis ( traditional hand quilters) are a dying breed. They traverse cities and towns with the distinct hail " Godhadi-waliiiiiii, Godhadiiiiiii". And that's exactly how we found Mangal Tai - our very own in house godhadi-wali. Mangal Tai is a traditional hand quilter. She used to travel from village to village, city to city in search of work. But she has made Pune her home the past 5 years ( lucky us!) Thanks to her we have been able to fulfil two of our long standing dreams:

  • - to work with the unorganised sector

  • - to incorporate traditional quilting in our quilts.

Now, with a godhadi style binding, our quilts are truly a class apart. They are a perfect blend of the old and the new and give our quilts a unique look and feel.

What to expect with a godhadi style quilt:

    • 1. Broad Stitches: These stitches will run through the entire length and breadth of the quilt and will be visible - on both sides of the quilt ( top and bottom)

 
  • 2. Knots: Every 8-10 stitches, the tread is tied into a knot. These knots are visible on the top of the quilt. They are not on the reverse of the quilt as they would be uncomfortable when the quilt is wrapped around you

So, if you still want your quilt machine bound rather than hand bound we would be happy to do it for you. But remember with a hand bound quilt you are not only acquiring a unique piece, but are also promoting a dying art form.

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