During the India-Pakistan partition in 1946, migrants from Sindh brought almost nothing with them to Jamnagar but the ancient craft of applique work that their forefathers had taught them. Some people in Jamnagar started weaving dhablas and Tangalias for the local community, while others went to work as farm laborers and construction workers.
The womenfolk began making appliqué quilts, Chandarvos, Torans, Dharamyas and other decorative pieces for their homes and cattle from leftovers of stitched dresses produced by those who took up tailoring. This enabled struggling families to make ends meet at the time.
Difference between Applique & Patchwork
Both are very ancient techniques and sometimes referred to as one. The only difference between them is that patchwork or piecework is the process of seaming small pieces of fabric into a larger whole. While Applique is the process of sewing smaller pieces of fabric onto a larger background fabric. It is a technique of forming a single pattern with different pieces of cloth. Pieces of fabric are applied on top of one another for decorative or functional purposes. The special feature of this art is once the fabric bonded with the base of patchwork, it does not sag or wrinkle.
Applique is an ancient technique of creating beautiful and decorative items with different pieces of cloth. Nomadic people of the desert have long pieced together their tents and even decorated them with elaborate Applique. Festive patchwork textiles created for special occasions are found in many places throughout India. For dowries, women make Pieced and Appliqued household items. These objects include decorative bags, pillows and sitting mats.
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