A fabric hug for the frontline

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A fabric hug for the frontline

The Karuna Quilt Movement makes use of crowdsourced blocks to make patchwork quilts that shall be distributed to important staff

Taruna Gandotra-Sethi is glad that she has been capable of attaining the goal of buying the blocks wanted to make 100 quilts by November 15, three months after she launched the Karuna Quilt Movement in mid-August. “We need to make 1,000 quilts by August 2021, coinciding with India’s 75th Independence Day, and distribute them to frontline staff,” she says.

The thought got here up in late July, as an offshoot of serving to folks affected by COVID-19 lockdown. “Anybody who works on the frontline to guard our lives generally is a benefactor,” she says. The method is on to establish these frontline staff who are sometimes neglected: “For instance, the drivers who ferry provides to the Armed Forces or hospital staff who sanitize the operation theatres earlier than docs step in. This mission is to indicate gratitude to everybody who protects our lives,” she says, explaining why she determined to name this social quilt movement because of the karuna (empathy) movement.

However why patchwork quilts? A number of years in the past when Taruna lived in Florida, USA, she learned that quilting was each a social motion and a passion. She cites the examples of NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and World Trade Center Memorial Quilt initiatives, the place folks contributed blocks that had been used to make giant patchwork quilts which grew to become creative installations.

“In India, throughout the lockdown, many people helped migrant staff and others in want by donating necessities or contributing funds. To additional ring in positivity and encourage quilting as a passion, I began this social quilt movement,” she says.

Anybody can donate a quilt block (12.5-inch x 12.5-inch sq.); it may be painted, knitted, crochet or embroidered squares,” she explains.


Taruna moved from the US to Mumbai in 2015 and arrange an enterprise named Simply Beautiful Always in 2016, focussing on quilting. It started like a train the place she taught her home to assist the way to quilt throughout their spare time. “Some had been good with thread and needle whereas others had been good at utilizing the stitching machine. As they learned, they had been eager to do extra. I then employed a number of tailors and at the moment we’re 22, together with a number of who’s listening to and speech impaired,” she says.


The quilt blocks and materials they’ve obtained as far as a part of the Karuna Quilt Movement are labored upon by the employees to make 54-inch x 84-inch quilts. “Indians residing overseas who’s aware of quilting have contributed blocks. In India, some have contributed blocks whereas others have donated a sum. A number of artistic squares with embroidery and tie-and-dye have are available in,” says Taruna.

She says 1,500 blocks will make 100 quilts and 15,000 blocks will make 1,000 quilts. “We began our first pilot mission in Ballah village in Darbhanga district of Bihar this yr, the place we’re coaching a number of villagers to make the entire patchwork quilt tops,” says Taruna. The pilot mission started after considered one of her employees who hails from Bihar, acquired others in his village to coach in quilting.

Taruna has additionally been speaking to garment firms to supply surplus material. “In the meanwhile, the price incurred to make the ultimate quilts is borne by me. Thus far, the motion has been carried ahead by phrase of mouth and I’m open to anybody wanting to assist,” she provides.

For additional particulars and on assortment centers for quilt blocks in several cities, verify indiaskarunaquilt.com

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