Patches & Patchwork

Kantha quilts (a type of traditional embroidered patchwork quilt from India) have become popular within interior design communities, home decor retail & home decorators for their effortless ‘bohemian’ look. They are excellent for rustic queen bedding, floral quilt cover, hippie Indian tapestry, beach throw blanket, cotton sofa throw and even kantha cushion covers.

Originating from India and naturally made from upcycled saree cloth, hand-stitched together in sections and mended with patches over time, they are also considered one of the most sustainable quilts.

Kanthas don’t have any wadding, they are made from layers of sarees to create the thickness and texture. They can be quite insulative because of this construction.

These brightly coloured, incredibly versatile cotton quilted throws originate from generations of Indian mothers and daughters passing them down within the family. These true bohemians, are the originators of this method of re-use and repurposing.

PATCHWORK

The dreamy patchwork of kantha quilts may seem like a bohemian aesthetic, but actually the kantha technique has been used in India as a method for re-use and recycling old fabrics and clothes. Indians never waste anything – everything can be re-made into another item by repurposing and reviving materials. In the case of the kantha, layers upon layers of cotton are stitched together, creating a wonderful array of colour and texture. The patchwork of these fabrics make unique quilts – no two are ever the same. With a simple running stitch over the entire surface of the quilt or throw, the fabrics are quilted together in a simple but ingenious method, requiring only hand-work. The patchwork usually consists of cotton sarees, sometimes silk sarees, or a combination of both, as well as other fabric scraps. Large or small pieces are stitched together with incredible contrasts of colour and pattern.

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PATCHES

Once the pieces of fabric have been laid down, the next step is to cover up any fabric imperfections – due to their recycled nature, any marks and holes are patched up with small pieces of fabrics mostly to revive, but also add character and charm to the finished quilt. Because of the vast array of textile materials produced in India, including various dye methods, block print fabrics and traditional sarees, there is a great amount of scrap fabrics.

Look out for our exciting new collection of handmade individual patches – that are handmade in Australia, ready for stitching onto jeans, jackets & bags – reviving all your favourite clothes!

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To view our range of beautiful vintage Indian kantha quilts and throws and other kantha items, handmade in India and Australia, visit The Kantha Project shop

GUPTA

Beautiful swirly floral vintage print in olive and peach with blue, red and green vintage saree cotton on the reverse give this kantha throw a lively, fun and happy vibe. A very colourful and vibrant embroidered patchwork quilt that works well as cotton quilt bedding, beach throw blanket, picnic rug or simply a throw for the couch or bed to add some lively pattern and colour!

GUPTA is available now at The Kantha Project shop.

SEA [SOLD]

The rippled & swirled, patterned blue in every shade, overlapping prints with reflections from above and shadows beneath, like the sea, glistening with the sun’s rays and soft waves. There are ripples, droplets, reflections, shadows – the beautiful unknown. We adore the floral motifs embroidered onto the surface with gold thread – just like sea anemones! This indigo kantha embroidered patchwork quilt has a rich depth in colour, pattern and texture – truly a work of art, a rare piece which is vintage and one of a kind.

This quilt has sold, but more like it can be found at The Kantha Project

Indigo dye quilts should be washed separately, as dye may run.

DRAGAN [SOLD]

This light weight kantha embroidered patchwork quilt is full of character and charm. An eclectic combination of vintage saree fabric patchworked together to form a unique hippie Indian tapestry of blues, yellows, oranges and pinks.

For more Kantha quilts India visit our shop here!

GOVINDA [SOLD]

GOVINDA, the rainbow patchwork kantha throw. Wonderful vintage cotton saree sections, patchworked together by hand into a reversible embroidered patchwork quilt. This is the all-in-one – if you’re after a kantha that has many different patches, different prints and various colours, this is it.

PLEASE NOTE: We take no responsibility for kantha addiction.

Shop this quilt here!