When I opened my package from Bernina India that contained my Pictogram Project supplies, I was delighted! I loved the colours. But I really did not know where to start and what to do.
Inspiration came a few days back when I was listening to the news about the imbalance in the male:female ratio because of rising female foeticide cases. Yes, it is a practice where people do not let a girl child be born. Right now, the Government of India is working really hard to propagate the #betibachao (Save the Girl Child) mentality.
Here is the quilt I made. I am calling it ‘Unpicked‘
The girl child is ‘unpicked’ in the womb, while the boy child not just survives, but is glorified!
I have also unpicked the ‘fe’ to leave the male to show the same symbolism.
I have also used my mother tongue – Marathi – and our national language – Hindi – in the quilt.
Making this quilt was more an emotional process than an artistic one. But I am very happy that I made this quilt. It gave me an opportunity to express my thoughts about an issue of national relevance.
Thank you, Bernina for giving me this opportunity. Special thanks to Jutta Hellbach for organizing this project! And for Ajay Gupta (Bernina India) for encouraging us to participate!