Our scarves are made using vintage silk fabrics that have been upcycled from saris, ensuring that no new materials are used in the process.
The vintage silk saris are first lovingly washed then silk pieces are carefully patchworked together to create unique designs. These are then handstitched using the Kantha technique by skilled artisans who have years of experience in this traditional craft. You can see the detail of the fabrics & stitching in our close up video.
See the Kantha tab to find out more about this traditional technique.
The beauty of these scarves is that they are double sided, making them very unusual and beautiful to wear as you can showcase both sides.
This is a large scarf that can be used in different ways to create styles; wrapped around or hanging loose as a shawl.
Each scarf is unique, with its own designs and rich colour palettes, making it a one-of-a-kind piece that will stand out in any outfit.
By purchasing this scarf, you are not only supporting these talented craft producers but also making a positive impact on rural communities in Rajasthan, India.
Make a conscious choice and support fair trade and the circular economy by purchasing our handmade upcycled silk scarf.
What we love... Each fabric piece has its own unique history and the choices of beautiful fabrics combining subtlety & vibrancy.
Why did we purchase? Ticks a lot of our boxes- both ethical and sustainable. Supports traditional crafts.
Handmade in Rajasthan, India
100% upcycled silk
Size: 190 x 50cm
Care instructions: cool hand wash, do not tumble dry.
'Kantha’ means Patched Cloth. Pronounced “KAHN-taa". The Kantha stitch is a 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 recycling 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 upcycled 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.