Kawandi Sewing Workshop with Lorena Uriarte
Kawandi is a traditional Siddi technique, for hundreds of years women have repurposed old saris and other fabric scraps into new items. These Kawandi are often used as bedding and wraps but have increasingly become beautiful, decorative items treasured and passed down through generations.
The Kawandi method preserves your favourite fabric bits and pieces, those that are too precious to throw away. The folding and stitching technique stops the fabric from fraying as every raw edge is protected and stitched down. The rhythmic and even stitches add a unique tactile quality to each piece that is irresitable.
What stands out for most quilters is that they are pieced and quilted at the same time, from the outside in. So, when you’ve placed your final piece, it’s finished. No quilting or binding necessary.
It’s a slow, hand stitching process that is portable and very forgiving. You’ll be hooked! Lorena likes to use the finished stitched pieces to make bags, cushions, table runners, zipper pouches and shawls. Bigger quilts can be made by joining smaller units. They can be as subtle or colourful as you like.
To guarantee students have the best experience with the right equipment, Lorena has kits available to pre order on her website HERE. The kit includes all the foundation, batting, fabric, needles, pins, threader and a spool of coordinating Aurifil 12wt. Plus a handmade gift from Lorena!
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