Tilonia Applique

Biddam Devi cuts blockprint fabric for applique in the production center in Tilonia. An experienced seamstress, Biddam has more than 20 years experience producing Tilonia handcrafted appliques.


Sewing Tilonia Applique

Applique

Applique

Applique


Barmer applique was traditionally sewn on bedspreads of black or brown bases. Motifs were almost entirely inspired by nature: trees, leaves, flowers and animals. Women in six villages in Rajasthan produce these appliques. An elaborate bedspread may take nearly a month to complete.

Tilonia applique, the style of applique taught to women by the Barefoot College, uses designs adapted from mandanas which are traditional patterns on floors in Rajasthan. Abstract motifs are cut from fabrics and then stitched onto the base. Barmer and Tilonia applique textiles are certified handcrafted by Craftmark.