Jaipuri Rajaiyan-Silk Blankets
A Jaipuri razai is unique both for its artisanry and for its functionality. First, in handmaking these beautiful quilts, the artisans use the traditional textile-making skills of cotton carding, cotton voile-making and quilting. Cotton carding is the process of preparing cotton to use as cotton fill in a quilt. To card cotton, a worker uses two carders. The carders are convex paddles covered with small, fine teeth.
In the Indian state of Rajasthan, quilt-makers have developed a tradition of making a warm, snuggly, lightweight quilt called a “Jaipuri razai.” Although the name seems exotically foreign to Anglophones, the translation is fairly straightforward. “Jaipuri” means “coming from Jaipur,” the capital city of Rajasthan, and “razai” simply means “quilt.”
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