How it's Made: Kantha Scarves

Kantha is a form of embroidery popular in South Asia, particularly in India and Bangladesh. It has been around for centuries but has recently had a revival in the fashion world, as people look globally for inspiration and embrace sustainable fashion. In kantha, a simple running stitch joins different patterned cloths together to create inventive new pieces, like scarves, saris, or quilts. 

  

some examples of Kantha stitching

There are many benefits to kantha: 

1) It is an environmentally-conscious practice, as old pieces are "upcycled" into new ones, rather than thrown out

2) It creates a source of income for women in rural India, and a form of work they can do from home, even if they are from conservative families

3) The pieces created by kantha are one-of-a-kind so you are sure to have an original piece

Our kantha scarves are made from vintage silk saris by women in West Bengal. Each kantha scarf is one-of-a-kind boasting unique patterns and a mix of both bright and earthy complementary colours. 

 

Kantha scarves from House of Wandering Silk 

For more information about kantha, watch this video: 


Hedvig Christine Alexander
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