Anyone else need a hug? There’s no two ways about it. Being apart is hard. However, there are ways we can feel a physical sense of togetherness without actually getting too close, like enjoying a family recipe or sending hand-written notes. At Ten Thousand Villages, we have always loved how traditional art forms connect people across time and space by honoring age-old techniques that have been shared for generations. Consider the quilt.
Sometimes ornate, sometimes practical, the quilt can be found in many cultures around the world. Distinct quilt–making techniques have developed over the centuries, from the intricate Kantha stitch quilts of India to the eye-catching quilts of Gee’s Bend in the United States, but the core practice is the same everywhere – bringing scraps of fabric together to create something new and beautiful.
Fabrics scraps aren’t the only beneficiaries of quilting’s togetherness. Making a quilt is often collaborative at some stage in the process. Some quilts feature blocks made by many different contributors and crafters can gather at quilting bees. However, in this time of physical distancing, the emotional connections shared over quilts feel extra special. Quilts are often made to commemorate major life events and family quilts are passed down from one generation to the next.
A cherished quilt can remind us of loved ones, making the distance between us feel smaller.
This year is anything but ordinary. Even so, we’re still finding ways to celebrate occasions. Kids are still graduating and starting college and lovebirds are still getting married.
Honor these special moments with a gift that symbolizes deep connections that stand the test of time.
The Sari Patchwork Twin Bed Cover is masterfully handcrafted by women working with our fair trade partner Prokritee in Bangladesh. Recycled cotton saris are lovingly laundered and repurposed to create this colorful and cozy blanket. Until we can hug in real life again, you’ll be offering a symbolic hug to your loved one every time they snuggle up in this patchwork quilt.