Product: Cotton throw made from repurposed cotton saris, quilted and hand stitched using the kantha technique. Each piece is unique. This product is derived from a generations old technique, used to salvage and repair much loved textiles. Here a simple magenta flower adorns a sea green background.
140 x 204 cm.
Fabulously versatile decorative texture; perfect as a bedspread on a single bed, or a touch of colour on the end of a double bed. We also use kanthas as light weight throws on a sofa, a decorative tablecloth, a bohemian curtain, sometimes even as a bedhead or wall art.
The craft: exquisite, one of a kind textiles crafted from recycled saris.
The Kantha technique is one of the oldest forms of embroidery from India, and its name is derived from Kontha in Sanskrit, meaning pieces of cloth. The craft has evolved over centuries, starting as the tradition of stitching patchwork cloth from rags by women across the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, and Bangladesh. The creators of these beautiful textiles skilfully decorate repurposed saris with a running stitch, 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 :
140 x 204 cm.
Recycled cotton, stitched in cotton thread
Machine washable at 30°, no machine drying
Please be aware that the cloth used if for this product 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.