Repurposed saris, layered and joined with straight rows of even stitching, tell a story of Bangladesh and of lives made new. Bright colours, bold prints, and unique pairings reflect local vibrancy and spirit and ensure no one else has a blanket exactly like yours. Get the best of both worlds: repurposed sheen luxe sari fabric on one side, and soft vibrant vintage cotton on the opposite side. Our standard throw is the perfect size to curl up on the sofa with, lie across the end of your bed, or even hang on your wall.
This beautiful blanket combines straight even rows of hand stitching known as kantha. Stitching is sharp and bold and each piece carefully edged by hand with a blanket stitch.
The word 'kantha' means 'patched cloth' and Bangladeshi and Northwest Indian women have made quilts like this for centuries. Kantha throw quilts are six superimposed layers of vintage saris, carefully hand-sewn with neat rows of contrasting thread to form a beautiful finished quilt or throw. Each item is made from 100% reclaimed vintage cotton sari cloth. This blanket was stitched in approximately 23 hours (3 days) by hand (depending on experience).
MATERIALS: Vintage cotton cloth from repurposed saris
DIMENSIONS: Approximately 100 x 200 cm (approx. 39 x 79 in), approximately half the length of one sari
CARE: Dry cleaning is recommended to maintain the vibrant colour and texture of your vintage cotton sari kantha product
Just like each kantha blanket is unique, so is the woman who made it. Our social enterprise partner in Bangladesh breaks the cycle of poverty for women from marginalised communities. In addition to secure and dignified employment, the women 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 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.