Hand Stitched Godadis

While doing a survey on nomadic communities, Madan found some Kalbelia women near Bundi hand stitching their traditional bed quilts or godadis. The women had been reduced to begging in Noida and had returned home because of lockdown. He publicised their work on his facebook page and a joint project has grown out of it: Kalbelia Craft Revival Project.

 

Geetanjali of Moha Jewellery in Mumbai and her friends have provided most of the finance and she will sell the finished quilts. Expertise and financial support is coming from IICD Jaipur and NIFT Jodhpur. Each godadi takes about a month of work. Pallavi Singh, an intern from IICD is living in Bundi and working with the Kalbelia women to document their skills and develop marketable products.


KHS is also supporting this project financially until it becomes self-sustaining and all contributions are welcome. There is the possibility of involving many more nomadic women who have such stitching skills but we need major funding.


An eye camp was organised in Bundi on Sunday March 21 st , 2021 for Kalbelia women. Thanks to Dr. Sudhir Gupta’s Eye Hospital for conducting the camp and for Katkoun Haveli in Bundi for hosting it. Cataract operations have been offered free to 4 Kalbelia, and those who need them are getting free spectacles. KHS member Amit Goyal’s photo of Soorma Bai is featured on next year’s membership card.

 

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Natti Bai and Laad Bai stitching at home in Shopariyon-ki-Baori village near Bundi.

(Photo credit Amit Goyal)

Soorma Bai from Dalelpura village with traditional quilts called godadis.

(Photo credit Amit Goyal)

Four godadis hand stitched by Kalbelia women.

(Photo credit Amit Goyal)

Dr. Sudhir Gupta's eye camp for Kalbelia at Katkoun Haveli, Bundi on 21st March, 2021.

(Photo credit Pallavi Singh)