Women in rural Bengal, India, transform fabric from old saris into soft quilts using a simple running stitch, called kantha. Here, vintage kantha quilts are again transformed into colorful pillows. Piled on a bed or propped on a sofa, they’re a fresh and one-of-a-kind accent that adds an inviting pop of color to any room. Backed with burgundy cotton fabric.
Please accept some variation in the vintage kantha materials. Each pillow is one of a kind.
Handcrafted in Bengal, India. 100% cotton cover with poly filling. Square pillow: 20" square. Rectangular pillow: 18"L x 12"W.
The cover can be dry-cleaned, but because it is made from vintage fabrics that have themselves been laundered many times, we recommend hand-washing to ensure that the quilted fabric 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 whimsicalcreated 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.