Product: Cotton throw made from recycled cotton saris, hand stitched and quilted using the kantha technique. Because the cloth is recycled each piece is unique. This product is derived from a generations old technique, used to salvage and repair much loved textiles. This magnificent piece has a motif of bright yellow flowers sitting on a vibrant orange base, and has an elaborate hand embroidered boarder in green.
222 x 164cm
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.
Kantha is an ancient embroidery technique from India, its name derived from the Sanskrit word "Kontha," meaning pieces of cloth. Over centuries, the craft has evolved, particularly in rural areas of the Eastern Indian states of West Bengal, Orissa, and Bangladesh, where women stitch patchwork cloth from rags. The creators of these poetic textiles skilfully transform used fabrics into works of art and craft heritage, while also providing financial independence for rural women in areas where paid work is scarce.
In detail :
222 x 164cm
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.
Photo credits, Storie & SHE Kantha