Originally made from old recycled fabric, traditional kantha is an type of flat or unwadded quilting, made from multiple layers of sari length which has been softened by wear and washing. The sari layers are stitched together with a small intricate kantha running stitch, worked in rows all over the surface, creating a beautiful effect of fine ripples. Coloured threads were traditionally pulled from the sari borders to be used for the decorative stitching.
Our bright and often exotically coloured kantha throws are made for us by ladies’ sewing groups in quiet villages in West Bengal. Here the highly skilled artisans work together in their local villages, usually meeting together on the rooftop of a particular home and working in the shade of the hot Indian sunshine. Working within their local communities avoids unnecessary travel to cities and allows mothers to take and collect their children from school. Kantha making today has very much been embraced by these communities, with projects aimed at preserving traditional skills which generate stable income and keep workers safe.
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