About Us

We are the 'Quilt India Foundation' .

We are what happens when you throw together three fun loving MBAs  with an insane passion for quilting.

We are the core team behind the India Quilt Festival.


The Foundation aims to promote Quilting related events in India. 

The vision includes:

  • Revival of Quilting in India

  • Promoting Quilting as an art form and a commercially viable craft

  • Providing a common platform for Quilters in India

  • Bringing Indian Quilting to the International Scene

  • Bringing suppliers of  Quilting and Sewing  related items closer to the buyers

Tina Katwal discovered her passion for quilting 7 years ago, she now helps others do the same .  She is the founder of DESI QUILTERS – an e - platform for quilters in India. She sees herself  as an Enabler and is instrumental in bringing about a revolution of sorts in the current quilting scenario in India. She opened the country’s first quilt store & studio “THE SQUARE INCH”, thereby opening up avenues for many other quilting enthusiasts by making available supplies, classes and connections.


Varsha Sundararajan With a flair for languages, abiding interest in Indian tradition and culture Varsha’s  interests range from the esoteric to the eco- friendly. When she is not quilting or translating/ editing content across languages she works with children with special needs, uses discarded fabric for artistic expression. Wearing many hats, she consults for and acts in plays, supports NGOs in advisory capacity and teaches communication skills. Varsha’s focus is on building sustainable relationships across specialities and disciplines.  

Deepa Vasudevan started her Quilting journey under Tina’s tutelage. She finds Quilting therapeutic and is greatly fascinated by the intricacies of designing a modern quilt and the play of colors. Deepa is an NIT, IIM grad who holds a day job as a Marketing and Business specialist. 

Advisors- IQF 2019

Kanchana Manavalan brings in years of B2B exhibition experience. During her 24-year tenure at India Trade Promotion Organization [ITPO], she organized India International Leather Fairs (IILF) in Chennai. Kanchana also helped setup ‘India Pavilions’ in Frankfurt, Paris, Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Shanghai. She was part of the team which helped make the Chennai Trade Centre a reality. Post voluntary retirement, she has consulted for an International Seafood Show, Bakery Show and Global Investor Meet. 

Trade Fair Specialist

Kanchana Manavalan

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Chennai, India

23-25 January, 2021

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