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Indigo Dyed Quilt: Nantahala

Indigo dyed using hand-painted paste resist, this handmade quilt has been lovingly and expertly hand stitched and dyed. Created using all natural plant based dyes, repurposed materials and sustainably-sourced block print fabrics, the finished result in an exquisite quilt that can be used as a stylish bedspread, throw or wall hanging.

Please note, fourth and fifth images show the reverse side of this quilt. The last two images show Amli who did finishing work (far right with her baby), and her sisters with the quilt in Banda, India.

Additional notes from the maker:

In August of 2017, I made a pilgrimage from my home in New England down to North Carolina to witness the total eclipse of the sun from within the path of totality at Nantahala National Forest. Seeing the earth’s shadow block out the sun and hearing the silence that followed was a powerful experience I’ll never forget. This quilt was born out of that long drive across the eastern seaboard; through many hours in the car, I sat in the passenger seat tying all the bandhani knots that make up the pattern of this quilt.

After tying and dyeing the front side of this quilt at home in the USA, I brought this quilt to Kutch, India to complete it, using locally block-printed cotton for the reverse side. All of the top-stitching and decorative edge details were completed by Amli in Banda village in rural Kutch. 

The fabric used on the front side is repurposed cotton bedsheets. The reverse side block printed Indian cotton. Both sides were dyed in indigo.


68 x 86 inches


100% cotton. Hand wash (recommended), dry clean, or machine wash cold, gentle cycle, separately and with mild soap, line dry.

Message from the maker:

I began Mata Quilts after spending a year living in Kutch, India where I was studying traditional crafts through a Fulbright grant. Inspired by this rural desert region’s incredible textiles, I wanted a way to use and share these beautiful fabrics while helping to support artisans to continue their crafts. 

Beyond Mata Quilts, I’m a sculpture and installation artist. Textile and craft heritage play a big role in my work, so with a deep appreciation for the rich quilting traditions of the United States, I was excited to learn about quilting in the Indian context while living in Kutch. Mata Quilts is an experimental fusion of these traditions with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, using plant-based natural dyes, repurposed materials, and sustainably-sourced block print fabrics.

Currently, I make each of the quilts individually, but in the near future will be offering a line of quilts made in collaboration with women in rural Kutch to help keep these traditions alive and thriving.


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