Sujni of Bharuch
Unlike other quilts the Sujni it is not layered with cotton sheet nor are stitches made with hand or machine. It completely woven, incorporating the cotton filling into evenly sized pockets across the surface. This also means that should any pocket get damaged, the rest of the quilt and its filling will remain unaffected, making it a highly resilient and versatile quilt.
The handcraft of the Bharuch Sujni is a 150 year old art of weaving. There are however only 3 surviving families who are able to keep this highly complicated form alive. Each thread in the weft is tied by hand and drawn through the loom. A shuttle of colours is oscillated in the warp creating beautiful precise patterns through the fabric. The complicated weaving mechanism of the centuries old loom creates two layers of fabric, which themselves are interwoven to create little pockets. As the Sujni starts taking shape, spun cotton is filled into the pockets creating a quilt that is soft and strong.
Happiness: When you hold a Sujni in your hands, you can feel generations of skill deep understanding of the materials and craft. The skill and tradition of the Sujni is passed on from one generation to the next. Industrial weaving is driving this wonderful craft to extinction. Not only does supporting this craft bring great happiness to the families involved in its production, but will help preserve this beautiful quilting technique for generations to come.