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:
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