This kantha blanket is made of an orange sari with yellow and white flowers on one side; on the other is a cherry red sari with lighter flowers. Each blanket is unique and the fabrics have been selected and stitched with care. Because our blankets are made from recycled saris, each blanket is unique and one of a kind. A woman has made this kantha blanket by hand, she has worked approximately ten days on this throw.
size: approximately 200 x 200 cm
material: silk (blend). Because our kantha blankets are made from vintage saris, the materials are not always precisely known.
These quilted kantha blankets give old saris a new life. Our makers stitch six layers of vintage saris together by hand with a running stitch. This type of Bengali embroidery is called kantha. The front and back of the blanket are made from different saris. Our makers select the fabrics with care and choose two saris to go together with a beautiful contrast. Vintage saris may sometimes have small imperfections, but we take every care to patch them with a beautiful matching fabric.
We work together with an organisation that creates fair work for women to make the kantha blankets. They are active in in Bengal, India, the heartland of kantha. This work gives the women who make them the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families in a dignified and fair way. Often the women have been victims of trafficking, or were at a high risk. Because work on the kantha blankets creates a constant and fair source of income, we decrease the chances of them being trafficked again.