this past friday night new york city got a pretty serious tornado warning and i found myself home alone (ac was in atlantic city), huddled under my blankets. i don’t think i ever pay as much attention to my bedding as i do when i’m scared and think of it as some thin layer of protection. thankfully the storm passed without producing a tornado (i actually dragged out my bookbags in case i had to run down to the basement with the cats), but i was left thinking about blankets for a while. as much as i love my current blanket, it didn’t feel comforting enough. so when i saw these new ralli quilts at pergolina i thought they seemed way better for (emotional) storm-protection.
ralli quilts (also spelled rilli, rilly, rallee or rehli) are traditional quilts made by women in sindh, pakistan and western india. the quilts combine vintage fabric that is quilted together with fine hand-stitching and often feature bright colors and bold patterns. the name itself is taken from the word “ralanna”, meaning “to mix or connect”. i love the way that handmade quilts have a sort of warmth and comfort level that’s impossible to match with a machine made product. this collection of ralli quilts is made of of one-of-a-kind pieces that are about the size of a twin-size bed. it’s a bit of a bummer that they’d have to act as a secondary blanket for most people’s beds, but i’ve actually seen these stitched together to make a larger bed blanket and they look really phenomenal when combined. you can check out pergolina’s full collection of handmade ralli quilts right here. here’s hoping you won’t have to hide under yours for fear of a tornado….