Kundan Pattni, professional quilter

Kundan studied home science up to high school. From the age of 10 she has had a passion for hand sewing. Although Kundan qualified and worked as a nurse, she did a lot of crochet, cross-stitch, tapestry and knitting in her spare time.

In 1984 she opened a haberdashery shop with her husband in one of the first shopping malls in East Africa, The Woman Shop in Sarit Centre, Westlands.  The shop in its early days sold rotary cutters and mats, but it was mainly for artists, as quilting was not popular in Kenya at that time.  A missionary who regularly passed by Kundan’s shop inspired Kundan to start quilting  in 1996, and since then Kundan has not stopped!  The missionary also encouraged Kundan to take up hand piecing and applique.

Today, The Woman Shop is Kenya’s foremost patchwork quilting shop, selling fabrics, notions, quilt books and tools, and selling and servicing Bernina sewing machines.  Kundan, as its owner, has ready access to materials, tools and equipment needed to make wonderful patchwork quilts.

Kundan occasionally teaches beginners and supports a large number of her customers when they need help.  She is a traditional quilter and has sold much of her work.  She enjoys making quilts for her two daughters and four grandchildren.

When the Kenya Quilt Guild was formed in 1997, Kundan became a founder member.  She was the treasurer for four years and continues to be an active member currently in charge of membership.

Kundan has won prizes in quilt exhibitions and the East African Women’s League Home crafts.  She accept commissions for quilts on request.

Jungle quilt by Kundan Pattni

Jungle quilt by Kundan Pattni

Jungle quilt by Kundan Pattni, detail

Jungle quilt by Kundan Pattni, detail

Embroidered Baskets quilt by Kundan Pattni

Embroidered Baskets quilt by Kundan Pattni

Embroidered Baskets quilt by Kundan Pattni, detail

Embroidered Baskets quilt by Kundan Pattni, detail

Red traditional quilt by Kundan Pattni

Red traditional quilt by Kundan Pattni

Red traditional quilt by Kundan Pattni, detail

Red traditional quilt by Kundan Pattni, detail

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