Back in-Stock: Fruit of the Loom..Kanthas have Arrived from India
** 02.11.2012 : Update….BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND…We have a fresh shipment of Kantha Throws straight from India…Last time they sold out in 2 weeks…Huge selection…Beautiful, vibrant colors…get them while they’re hot!!!
We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of all of the goods we bought during our February buying trip in India. The first shipment came this week and OOH-LA-LA….I almost had a cardiac arrest when we opened the boxes!!!
From heavy wrapping and bulky boxes the most gorgeous, Kanthas, emerged. Kanthas are handmade quilts/blankets/throws created using a traditional running decorative embroidery stitch (the word “kantha” actually refers to this stitch), piecing together old saris and other vintage textiles to make a repurposed product from something that is no longer wearable. You can read more on the history of this tradition that originated in West Bengal, India.
As seems to be the case with “crafts” in general industry-wide right now (scroll down to 5th artcle under “design trends”), kantha embroidery was once a regional, functional, rural “folk” tradition if you will, that has now come full circle to be embraced worldwide as a true art (as it should be!! I cannot even imagine the workmanship that went into each and every one of these!!!).
We hand-selected each one you will see in the store….they are true one-of-a-kinds, no two will ever be alike, are 100% cotton, and will vary slightly in size. These are considered “singles,” so they will fit a twin bed nicely as a coverlet, but also look fantastic simply folded at the end of any sized bed for a bohemian ka-bam of color..
The possibilities with these are truly endless given your level of creativity…at $75 each you could have them made into throw pillows or interesting euro shams, or even be used to recover a small chair, stool, bench or ottoman style coffee table. I found this photo via Rickshaw Designs (a blog and company that I was turned on to this summer, and simply LOVE) during my search for more information on the art of the kantha….this photo shows how they were used to re-upholster a headboard…I love this…this idea would be fantastic on a pair of twin beds..it would make for such an interesting space as they would not “match” but instead “complement” one another. Cutting them and wrapping them on 2 or 3 canvases to create innovative wall décor would be so fun as well…use the left over trimmings to make yourself a wrap or scarf.
Between my complete affinity for textiles, handmade things, and the country of India.. I want them all! I found a few other really inspiring blogs during my exploration on the subject: Harabu House and An Indian Summer Design. Have a look and please do pop-in to see these in person. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Have a nice weekend….Rebecca