Kandhkot - Making bright-coloured quilts or Rillis and different dresses decorated with mirrors are now the part of modern-day fashion in Pakistan and also in other parts of the sub-continent. Women artisans in rural and remote areas of Sindh are very famous in making traditional quilts, caps, clothes and other things.

The art of making quilts is transferred from one generation to another; from mother to daughters and then to granddaughters. These brilliant Rillis are handmade, and no machine is involved. Pieces of cloth, new or old, as per requirement, one needle, different threads made of cotton or silk and one scissor are all required for stitching Rillis.

There are three basic shapes of Rillis, including patchwork and embroidery. Patchwork is made from the pieces of cloth and torn into squares and triangles and then stitched together. People in interior Sindh give Rillis as a gift on the occasion of marriage, birthday or other special events.

When this scribe talked to Noori and Tajul, the famous artisans, they told that they always remained busy in making new shapes and designs of quilts (Rillis). We love this art and also train others in Rilly making so that this tradition could be passed on from our generation to the next. Mostly each Rilli takes 10 to 20 days to complete, while clothes of different designs, made of different mirrors and threads are used in its stitching. It is sold at prices ranging from Rs3000 and Rs5000 while special Rillis are sold at prices ranging from Rs8000 and 15000 each. Most popular types of Rillis are Jhalar, Umbrella, Star, Katwar, Chokri, Khaj and Tukwar.

It is worth mentioning that there is no platform through which these artisans could showcase their handmade quilts (Rillis) and thus their skill could be promoted.