Barmer appliqué was traditionally sewn on bedspreads of black or brown bases. Motifs were almost entirely inspired by nature: trees, leaves, flowers and animals. Women in six villages in Barmer district in western Rajasthan produce these appliques. An elaborate bedspread may take nearly a month to complete.
Tilonia appliqué , the style of appliqué taught to women in Tilonia , uses designs adapted from mandanas which are traditional patterns on floors in Rajasthan. Abstract motifs are cut from block print fabrics and then stitched onto a fabric base.