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Bedcovers and Quilts, anyone?

I was told today that a lot of us (including me) take a lot of things for granted, which isn’t very far from the truth, to be fair; we do, don’t we? The comfortable beds we sleep in, the food we push into our gastronomical system, meal after meal, the roof over our heads, our health, our happy and healthy families and a lot, lot more…However, at this moment, I am totally grateful to the big bed I sleep in, night after night, which is made even more cosy and comfortable by the hand crafted quilts and bedcovers thrown across it. There is something about fresh, clean, hand made linen that helps to get a good nights’ sleep, isn’t it? So, this post is going to be all about bed covers and quilts….hand crafted by the very talented artisans of India.

Have you ever spared a thought about the mighty bed that sits quietly in your bedroom? I went looking for some history and found some trivia for some. Quilted bed-covers of chintz fabric (Indian painted and dyed cotton) were very popular export items for both the British and Dutch markets in the late 17th and 18th centuries, although they were later superseded by a thinner version of cotton hangings and bed-covers.  A story goes that in 14th century England, you had to be very rich to have an elaborate bed with fine linen sheets together with luxurious canopies and spreads! The poor on the other hand, were left to sleep on a straw mattress on the floor with whatever warm covering they could get; sometimes, a covering sheet was hard to find too! The rich English had extremely comfortable beds, which were often used to entertain guests. India has a very interesting tale to tell, when it comes to beds too! We did talk about ‘Charpai‘, not long ago; have a read if you fancy.

Today, again we are going to be focussing on dressing up your bed with the most stunning and hand-crafted bed covers and quilts. Have a peep:

Such a serene bedroom; made perfect with hand block printed bedspread  via

Such a serene bedroom; made perfect with hand block printed bedspread via

handblock-printed-bedcovers

Handblock printed quilted bedcover via

What a fusion of colours ! All beautifully handmade in Gujarat via

What a fusion of colours ! All beautifully handmade in Gujarat via

Summer quilt in gorgeous, bright colours via

Summer quilt in gorgeous, bright colours via

Hand crafted bedcovers by brilliant artisans via

Hand crafted bedcovers by amazingly talented artisans via

Silk Kantha work bedcover, hand made for even more prettiness via

Silk Kantha work bedcover, hand made for even more prettiness via

Stacks and stacks of handmade 'Kantha' quilts via

Stacks and stacks of handmade ‘Kantha’ quilts via

Has all this got you rather excited? Are your fingers twitching to click away to get some of these pretty fabrics into your home? Let me not stop you; you can perhaps choose from the likes of BaguMithuTulsiTilonia, Good Earth and Indian Yards. Alternatively, I am sure there are several more out artisans / retailers out there that will be able to help you get just the right kind of bedspreads or quilts into your home.

Also, it’s coming up to Independence day along with several other festive occasions coming up.  So, it’s got to be that time of the year, when you ought to remember to be grateful for what you have, including your ability to shop, especially from artisans, who with their skills, help to make your home a prettier place.

Happy Independence day, lovely people!

Shilpa xx

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