Duvet Covers

Mura Collective

Dastkari Haat Samiti

Dastkari Haat Samiti
New Delhi, India

The Tibetan or Bodhi script is used by Buddhist communities along the border regions of India from Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, to West Bengal. Its elegant letters lend themselves to calligraphy that is angular rather than rounded. Many examples of decorative lettering can be seen on milestones, prayer wheels, and painted scrolls. Shibori, which is a combination of running stitch embroidery and dyeing, is a tie-dye craft technique from Japan that has recently been adopted in India. The design is embroidered on folded cloth in a running stitch. The portions covered with thread resist the colour. When the cloth and threads are opened out after dyeing, the designed areas appear as mirror images.

The calligraphy on a lotus pink silk quilt cover patterned with water lilies and lotus flowers.


  • Title: Duvet Covers
  • Creator: Mura Collective
  • Location: Delhi, India
  • Transcript: Da - wa - shar- na - ku - mu - dha, meaning “at moonrise the water lilies open, but the lotuses close.”
  • Type: Shibori
  • Script: Bodhi (Tibetan)
  • Project Stage: Craftwork
  • Guide: Prabha Gahtori, Tenzin Semphel of Tibet House

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