Friday, December 28, 2012

Indian Quilling History



Hello All,

Here I am, facing a question I truly don't know the answer to! And for a change, I am posting it online, hoping that my Indian quiller friends will pitch in with whatever information they have.

I received an interesting e-mail from someone who wishes to write about history of quilling in India. As luck would have it, there doesn't seem to be any consolidated link giving information about this. Or, I didn't find any, so to say.

So, I am taking it upon myself to gather as much information as I can about it, so that we can compile information about:


  • When did quilling come to India?
  • What were the materials being used earlier?
  • Who were the people practising it initially (nuns in Churches used to practice it in Europe/USA)?
  • Where does it stand now, as an art and as a profession?
  • How many professional quillers are there in India currently?
  • Is there a formal body that meets/interacts regarding quilling and its future in India?
If you're a quiller, I'd request you to answer these questions:


  1. When did you start quilling?
  2. What/Who introduced you to quilling?
  3. Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
  4. Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?

If we are lucky, we will be able to go back in time and trace who were the first people who started quilling in India and when :)

I'd be VERY glad for any inputs any of you may provide for this...........

Thanks a LOT!


Happy Quilling

Pritesh 

16 comments:

Varshitha said...

interesting .... nice that ur researching on this..... looking forward to see quillers to answer for ur question....

megha said...

hi .......answers to your question.
(1)When did you start quilling?
--i started quilling in 2009.
(2)What/Who introduced you to quilling?
--i saw ,my family friend doing quilling,i am quick learner ,so just leart basic by looking her work.then i learnt via internet.
(3)Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
--yaa i learnt by seeing physical piece in india(in small town, my home town0
(4)Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
--i saw only my family friend doing quilling ,but online i saw many quillers uploading their works on FB.
thanks ,and good job.
megha
http://meghanuj01.blogspot.in/

swarnamanoj said...

hey Pritesh,
I am trying my max to help u out in this..so here goes-
1)When did you start quilling?
I started by Dec 2007/Jan 2008.
2)What/Who introduced you to quilling?
Happened to visit a blog name 'easycrafts' when i stayed in US.. there i saw some quillngs works and then googled!
3)Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
Firstly, studied what the blog had in detail.. then tried out with newspapers and newsletter cards..then, purchased my first quilling book-'3d quilling'.
4)Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
As i said,'easycrafts'(dont know the creator's name) is one such person that i know who did quilling,she had mention some of the fellow bloggers of the same field.so, tht made me to search for more. :)
HOPE I HAD HELPED U!

Swarna

Deesha Ruparel said...

Hi Pritesh,
It is so nice to connect with my online crafters after so long. I am happy to see your urge to find the history of this amazing art.
I would like to post my answers,
1)When did you start quilling?
I started quilling in March 2012.
2)What/Who introduced you to quilling?
I saw some quilling art photos of my school friend - Nupur Parmar- on her FB and loved it. I asked her about it and started to google on my own too.
3)Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
I learnt it online via youtube and tutorials posted by fellow crafters on their blogs
4)Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
I did not know anyone personally, but yes when I opened by blog I got to know about You, Tejal, Sonia, Khushi, Shruti, Sudha, Hussena, Syaz and others involved in quilling and art. And since then, there has been no looking back.

I hope I could help in some ways.
Stay connected and please keep posting your wonderful work..
Thanks ya..
XOXO

Shylaashree said...

When did you start quilling?
I started quilling in 2006.

What/Who introduced you to quilling?

I am basically a jewellery designer but i haven't tried filigree in paper, i acciedently got to visit Reshmi's blog and from that moment, i got infected by the quilling virus.

Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?

I learnt it online.

Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?

Reshmi and suganthi mam was the first two. then it is you pritesh, then aditi and so on.

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Nupur Parmar said...


Hi Pritesh,

When did you start quilling?
Dec'10

What/Who introduced you to quilling?
For first time I saw my sister-in-law's work, but learned it through youtube, google & fellow quillers

Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
I saw physical piece but learned it online

Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
Only my Bhabhi, later saw many online.

Jyoti Agrawal said...

Hi Pritesh,



When did you start quilling?
May 2007

What/Who introduced you to quilling?
My friend.She visits abroad frequently , so she got to know about it from there.

Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
Yes , I saw a physical piece.

Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
Only my friend who introduced it to me.

Natasha R Naidu said...

Hi Pritesh, Thanks for bringing back old memories. I was fascinated when Venus Traders opened their first stationary store in Pune opposite my college, Fergusson. In 2000 or 2001, I saw a quilled display piece. I thought it was silly to buy strips of coloured paper on a student's pocket money. When i got home, I hand cut my own. I remember hand-curling the strips (they took forever) for a card I made for my then boyfriend-now husband. We still have the card.
I gradually forgot about it until I later discovered Venus stocking fancy strips of varying thickness and width, quilling tools and kits. I've taught quilling to aunts, colleagues, cousins and friends who have gone on to really perfect their craft. So, since Venus is where I first heard of paper filgeree, the person who made the piece there on display is my originator in India.

Chandana Bhattacharaya said...

Hi Pritesh,
My answers to your queries are as follows-
1)When did you start quilling?
I started by Dec 2012.
2)What/Who introduced you to quilling?
I still remember that Dec eveing when I was looking for some craft work in youtube .I got to see these miniature 3d quilled flower pots .I found it quite interesting and then the my quilling mania started.
3)Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
I learnt it online via youtube and tutorials posted by fellow crafters on their blogs
4)Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
I dont know anyboby personally but only through internet I got to know about you,Neli,Suganthi,Manuk,Inna and many more.
I would like thank all my fellow quillers for uploading their tutorials from which I have learned so much .

FALGUNI VIRADIA said...

1)i started quilling in 2009
2)me and my husband run a stationery store in pune called leader stationers so our many customers asking for quillng material and we wonder what is quilling so i searched for supplier and she taught me basic use of every tools and i find it very interesting ,so my journey for quilling is started
3)no
4)no

Play Angry-Bird Game said...

great post

SUGANTHI said...

Hi Pritesh,
I am quilling from 2009 december.
I saw a beautiful quilled snowflake on the internet along with the tutorial on folding trees which got me in to quilling.
I did see a lot on the internet.
When I started to blog I found Karuna, Kavitha , manasa and Madhavi had all posted their quilled creations. There were lot of posts by others on Madhavi's then get crafty now craftziners blog.

PaperCraftwithAditi said...

Hi Pritesh,

When did you start quilling?
October 2010.


What/Who introduced you to quilling?
I came across quilling word over internet. Out of curiosity I searched about it and I was amazed by what paper could do.

Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
I learnt it online via tutorials and youtube posted by fellow crafters on their blogs.

Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?
In India it is Suganthi ji, Priyadarshini and Juhi were the first few I know.

Aditi
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Paper-Creations-by-Aditi/129311833808455

Pritesh Ananth Krishnan said...

Thank you so much, all of you for dropping by and leaving the information. I have forwarded the link to the person who's doing a project on quilling in India :)

Lavs said...


Hi Pritesh,

First of all I appreciate your research work.

1. When did you start quilling?
In 2007 when was in USA i came to know about quilling.

2. What/Who introduced you to quilling?
My favorite past time then and now is browsing for paper crafts, thats when i came across this art form called quilling.

3. Did you learn about it from a physical piece seen in India or online?
I saw and learn t online only. Initially i used to manually cut strips from A4 white sheets and used a tooth pick as my tool. then i would paint them to give color.
When this art form interested me i went forward to buy the quilling tool and paper cutter :)

4. Who all do you know from India who did quilling before you started out?

None actually. Many people have seen my work and asked me about it. Recently i taught my neighbors and cousins the basics of quilling.:)

Ravi said...

I think quilling started way back in 18th century in Europe. I was know as filigree. However, the technique again started gaining popularity around 2009-10, especially in India. We are also seeing lot of innovation in quilling.Some of the websites such as www.letsquillon.com have awesome quilling tools and a section of quilling projects.