As the saris of Bengali women brighten the streets of Bangladesh, brighten your outfit on a chilly day with a recycled sari shawl. Wrap it around several times for a snug scarf or drape over your shoulders for a light blanket. It's double-sided so you can choose one colour and pattern one day, and the other side the next.
Bright colours, bold prints, and unique pairings reflect local vibrancy and spirit and ensure no one else has a shawl exactly like yours.
This beautiful scarf/ shawl combines straight even rows of hand stitching known as kantha. Use yours as a vibrant wrap on a cold autumn evening or a snug shawl or blanket while you curl up with a good book. Or both!
The word 'kantha' means 'patched cloth' and Bangladeshi and Northwest Indian women have made functional shawls like this for centuries. These stunning kantha products are superimposed layers of vintage saris, carefully hand-sewn with neat rows of contrasting thread to form a beautiful finished scarf or throw. Each item is made from 100% reclaimed vintage cotton sari cloth. This scarf/shawl was stitched in approximately 4 hours by hand (depending on experience).
These unique scarves/shawls were handcrafted by women who were previously trafficked into or otherwise engaged in formal or floating sex work (or at risk), now employed in work that brings dignity & livelihood. Our kantha blankets are all made in a generous, safe space by vulnerable and at-risk women who can now work with dignity because of purchases like yours. We stand by our products and are confident that you won't find a kantha that is as unique, versatile, rich in story, or as well-constructed as our beautiful hand-stitched kantha products.
Just like each kantha item is unique, so is the woman who made it. Here are the stories of the brave and talented women who work at Basha to produce our beautiful kantha throws and scarves blankets. Find the name of your blanket's artisan stitched onto the label, and you can read her story (and even send her a message) at https://bashaboutique.com/artisan-stories/
Colours: purple, turquoise, black, white
Material: Vintage cotton fabric from repurposed saris
Dimensions: Approximately 198 x 78 cm (approx. 78 x 28 in)
Care: Dry cleaning is recommended to maintain the vibrant colour and texture of your vintage cotton kantha product.
The backstory: Basha x Shakti.ism is a social enterprise collaboration aiming to break the cycle of poverty for women in Bangladesh. In addition to secure and dignified employment, the artisans receive additional benefits including subsidised medical care, life skills classes and a free on-site nursery school for their children while they are at work. Buying a kantha quilt or scarf gives these brave women the chance to leave behind past traumas and social stigma and develop into leaders and entrepreneurs
Every single purchase from this collection changes lives & builds futures.