Product: cotton tote bag made from recycled cotton saris, quilted and hand stitched using the kantha technique. Shoulder straps are in the same quilted cloth. The interior of the bag is in a different pattern to the outside, and includes a small pocket. Each piece is unique. This product is derived from a generations old technique, used to salvage and repair much loved textiles
The craft: exquisite, one of a kind textiles crafted from repurposed saris. Kantha is one of the oldest forms of embroidery from India. The name is derived from Kontha in Sanskrit, meaning pieces of cloth, and the craft has evolved over centuries, from the tradition of stitching patchwork cloth from rags by rural women across the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, and Bangladesh.
The creators of these beautiful textiles skilfully decorate recycled saris with a running stitch, a technique known as Kantha; transforming each piece of used fabric into a piece of art, and a piece of craft heritage. This work also gives rural women financial independence in areas where it is difficult for them to find paid work.
In detail :
Size of bag 30 x 38 cm,
Length of straps 20cm
100% recycled cotton
Please be aware that the cloth used is vintage, and often has imperfections. This craft is used in order to repurpose textiles.
The women who make these products layer 3 pieces of cloth to reinforce the material, sometimes where one layer is faded or thinned, you will see the layer below, or they will patch and mend the cloth. At Storie, we love this creative resourcefulness. If you like the idea, but you aren't sure it's your thing, do drop us a line, we can show you the product in closer detail in photos or a video call.
Hand wash or gentle machine wash at 30°, no machine drying.
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