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Vintage Silk Kantha Throw

$198.00

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With a bold patchwork of color and echoes of past celebrations, this hand-stitched textile brings life to your home as a decorative bedspread, table cover, or wall hanging. Women in rural Bengal, India, have long “upcycled” fabric from old cotton saris, using a rustic running stitch to create colorful quilts called kantha. This throw adapts that technique by using pieces of vintage silk saris—the truly special clothing that would have been worn for weddings, festivals, and holidays.


As pictured, the colors and patterns will vary due to the vintage nature of the materials. Let us choose for you from a limited edition of one-of-a-kind textiles.


Handcrafted in Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Silk with cotton backing. Approximately 60" x 90" (will vary slightly based on the vintage materials).


Dry-clean only.


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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