These pictures are from Patricia Stoddard's wonderful book Ralli Quilts: Traditional Textiles from Pakistan and India, which I highly recommend. "This Saami quilt has a black center field with a red border. The designs are made with various colors of thick thread that hold the layers of cloth together." Lower Sindh, mid-to late twentieth century.
"A Saami quilt with a burgundy field and a patchwork border. The characteristic right angle emboridered shapes at the corners going to the micdle are clearly visible." Lower Sindh, late twentieth century.
The book has loads of photos of lovely quilts as well as information on the makers' lives and design inspirations. I found another review of the book at Malka Dubrowsky's blog "A Stitch in Dye." She has included many lovely photos, so I figure I'll invite you over there rather than repeating them. Plus she mentioned this website, which has great photos and historical info on Rallis.
Another absolutely gorgeous book is Quilting, Patchwork & Applique: A World Guide by Caroline Crabtree and Christine Shaw. And holy cow, Amazon.com has it on sale for $13.86??? What the...? I paid a lot more than that last fall. It's on sale for 69% off. I don't know if that's a mistake, but go grab one right now, you will never regret it (even if you pay more than that).
This is a Saami quilt in their book:And there is a Ralli on these pages:
A couple of kanthas:
The book has loads of photos in it and for the most part does a great job of covering quilted and appliqued textiles from all over the world, including Egyptian Tentmaker Applique, molas, sashiko, the Hmong's pa ndau and far more. I noticed there wasn't a single Australian wagga pictured unfortunately, and maybe there's an emphasis on the Indian subcontinent, but those are minor quibbles. Get the book. Here's another review of it.
Speaking of India, I've been enjoying Tiggy's travels in I'd Rather Be in India.