With the India International Quilt Festival going digital this time, it opens a world-wide viewer base for its members. The upcoming version will happen between January 23 and 25, 2021.
“It is a beautiful time in Chennai and we want this festival to become part of Margazhi festivities,” says Varsha Sundararajan, who began the occasion in 2019 with Tina Katwal and Deepa Vasudevan.
IIQF is a bi-annual occasion that showcases quilts from everywhere in the world. There are seven completely different classes and one of the best in every are awarded money prizes, vouchers and the a lot coveted ribbon. In the 2019 version — their first — the occasion acquired 290 quilts and 161 members from 11 international locations.
“For this edition, we announced the categories two months ago,” says Tina.
There are three new classes this time: Indian Quilts (works that replicate the wealthy textile custom of the nation and its varied quilting kinds), Miniature (most measurement: 18 inch on any facet) and Generation Next (for these below the age of 18). The thought to include a class for youngsters happened after the organisers seen entries from the under-18 age group final time.
“Last year, a quilt made by 10-year-old Ritu Sudarshan won a prize in the novice category that had entries from all age groups,” says Deepa.
Geography and age have hardly been a deterrent for lovers of this artwork type: one of many oldest winners was 77-year-old Sunita Santaram. “The perfection in the work of these senior quilters has to be seen to be believed. Their fingers are still so nimble,” provides Deepa.
Through this competition, the founders intend to revive quilting, put it on the market as an artwork type and commercially viable pursuit. They hope to offer a chance for quilters to be represented in the worldwide area. “If young people don’t get engaged, the sector dies,” says Varsha.
Spreading the phrase
Last yr, the workforce took 18 award-winning quilts to 5 cities round India. The travelling exhibition, known as Threads That Bind, was showcased at DakshinaChitra in Chennai, and in Jaipur, Delhi, Kolkata and Coimbatore.
“This was done because we wanted people to know that we have an ancient tradition of quilting and there is an international competionfor the same,” says Tina, who is happy to see a rise in the curiosity in this ability, with queries particularly from college students of design and high quality arts. She is presently conducting on-line lessons on quilting.
In its on-line avatar, the IIQF could have trunk reveals, workshops, sale of artisanal crafts, and a celebratory webinar to announce winners. Their catalogue, too, can be obtainable on-line.
Registrations open on September 1, 2020. For particulars, go surfing to www.indiaquiltfestival.com