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Vintage Kantha Cube

$198.00

Price: $198.00

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Bring color to your home with bright accessories like this cube, made using handcrafted kantha quilting from western Bengal. Kantha is a true folk art, developed by rural women as a way to reuse old saris and other bright cotton fabrics. The material is layered and joined using a simple running stitch. Here, the result is a bright patchwork of color that you can use as an ottoman or small side table to set down a magazine or your glasses while relaxing on the couch.


A $5 shipping surcharge will be added. Not available for shipment outside of the continental U.S.


Please accept some variation in the vintage kantha materials. Each cube is one of a kind.


Handcrafted in Bengal, India. 100% cotton with foam insert. 16" square x 16"H. Not recommended for use as seating.


The quilted cover can be removed and dry-cleaned, but because it is made from vintage fabrics that have been laundered many times, we recommend hand-washing to ensure that it lasts for many more years.


Creative reuse. Upcycling. In cultures and eras with less access to consumer goods than many countries enjoy in the 21st century, these buzzwords have been a way of life for generations. When women in rural Bengal find it’s time to replace a sari or dhoti that has become worn or whose pattern has gone out of style, they don’t pack it off to a charity shop like Western consumers often do. Using threads teased out from the borders of long saris, they stitch the fabric together in layers to create things like blankets, floor mats, and swaddling cloths.


Unlike other crafts that developed under royal patronage, kantha quilting was always spontaneous, even whimsical—created for one’s own family. A colorful piece of kantha quilting not only represents its maker’s resourcefulness but it also embodies the rhythms of her life. Each swatch of fabric has seen laughter and squabbles, extraordinary festivals and everyday housework. Since the 1970s, quilted kantha fabrics have been used for more and more types of items, not just for one’s own family but also for people around the world who appreciate the power of handcrafted items laden with history.


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