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Godharis of Maharashtra

by Geeta Khandelwal.

196 pages / Book in English AND French / Ref.: QI

Hard cover



This book is the result of extensive field work and in-depth research conducted in the rural areas of Maharashtra.

It takes us on a wonderful journey through the various regions of Maharashtra. It is the first attempt to research the humble godhari, made by the unknown, rural women of Maharashtra. As far as I am aware, there is no existing documentation on the subject.

It gives the reader an insight into the art of godhari making, which has been passed down from one generation of women to the next.

The images reproduced herein for the first time, highlight the way that everyday clothes, like saris, have been recycled. Maharashtra’s women evidently have an inherent skill in making godharis, which they have never exploited for commercial use.


Contents of “Godharis of Maharashtra”:

  • Foreword by Patricia Crews, Ph. D.
  • Author’s Note
  • Introduction:

People in various countries and cultures have ingeniously recycled old used clothes to create new beautiful quilts. Across rural and pastoral Maharashtra, women make quilts called godharis as an integral part of their domestic duties. Assembled from scraps and recycled fabrics, fashioned without the benefit of designs or pattern books, these godharis are purely utilitarian objects. They are
simple and unpretentious and often startling in their beauty. (extract from the introduction)

Each chapter is named after a region of Maharashtra. You will learn more about Indian quilts from:

  • Lonavala
  • Wai
  • Pune
  • Baramati
  • Kolhapur
  • Solapur
  • BorderofMaharashtra &Karnataka
  • Konkan
  • Chiplun
  • Sakhartara
  • Nagpur

You will also find a glossary to help you understand some indian vocabulary used in this collectible book.


196 pages / Book in English AND French / Ref.: QI

Hard cover


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