Vintage Kantha Quilt, Mumbai
The sari is "not just a garment- it’s a power, an identity, a language". Worn daily in several regions of India, it is several feet of fabric transformed into a beautiful dress- a work of art that holds deep cultural tradition and meaning. After years and sometimes generations of use, the fabric is often repurposed into quilts for family heirlooms. Vintage saris are stacked upon each other and stitched together using a "Kantha" embroidery technique- a single running hand stitch.
The measure of worth for a Kantha quilt is a combination of the thickness (amount of saris used) & the closeness/ tightness of the stitch. While some are lightweight and airy, our kanthas are layered with pieces, patches and loose threads that are part of the charm. Each Kantha is uniquely one of a kind and cannot be reproduced. One of our favorite ways to use one, is as a beach or picnic blanket. It will last for years and change with time and use- as new fabrics peek through to unveil a rich history. We handpick each quilt and invite you to fall in love with one of our favorite textiles the world!