- What is Kantha?
Beautifully handcrafted festive stocking to keep for years to come. Each one is a piece of unique textile art.
Kantha stitch is used to patchwork together upcycled offcuts to create these beautiful Christmas stockings.
Each one is totally unique. We love these stockings as your child or 'big child' also owns a piece of handcrafted textile art. Lovely to pass this stocking through the generations as it carries history within itself.
Kantha stitch artisans give new life and purpose to old textiles. This truly is waste reborn into something useful.
Please note that due to variations in the materials that the artisans have chosen to use each one will be different and will vary from the pictures shown. Guaranteed unique, how lovely is that!
Fairly traded and hand made in India.
Length: H: 50 cm. W:17 cm.
Bottom is 28 cm. H:17 cm.
'Kantha’ means Patched Cloth. Pronounced “KAHN-taa". The Kantha stitch is small straight running stitch that is a beautifully simplistic technique that can be compared to the Japanese Sashiko stitching. Both techniques have their roots in upcycling and giving new life and purpose to old textiles.
Kantha stitch embroidery is one of the most important textile arts in Eastern India. It can be traced back 500 years. Traditionally Bengali women layered together old discarded clothing with the simple Kantha style stitching to make a bedspread or bed cushion, repurposing the old into something useful and protective.
These scarves perfectly exhibit the Kantha traditional stitch and are made from recycled silk saris. Every piece is of course unique as different fabrics are used for each. Soft and comfortable to wear as the fabrics have been worn in for you. We would never advocate new silk products but these are vintage.
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