Machine Stitched Kawandi-Style Quilts
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Kawandi is the traditional style of quilting of the Siddi, descendants of enslaved African people, brought to India and Pakistan. Kawandi are typically made from colorful swatches of recycled, or scrap fabrics, and are unusual in that they are stitched in a spiral pattern working from the outer edges to the center of the quilt with fabric added as the stitching progresses. Although traditionally hand-stitched, we’ll give this technique a modern twist with machine quilting.
The Kawandi technique is economical and environmentally friendly as it makes use of scraps and recycled fabrics. It is also great for making memory quilts using fabrics from baby clothes, uniforms, or clothing of a loved one who has passed. Orphan blocks and scraps from a previous quilt project can be used to make companion wall-hanging, table topper, or pillow cover.
Learn more about the history of Kawandi, along with tips and tricks for this technique, as you make your own stunning Kawandi project approximately 18” x 24”. Fabrics and threads in a variety of colors will be provided.
Student Capacity: 20
- Fabric Scissors
- Backing Fabric
- Fabric Swatches
- Notes and Reference Handouts
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