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

RAATI [SOLD]

RAATI is has an all-over dotted textile vintage print reminiscent of sequins, creating a wonderful sparkle lustre and very soft, ethereal quality. The other side of this Indian kantha quilt is made up of beautiful batik print in warm brown yellow tones (if you’re looking for brown queen bedding or red queen bedding this is it). Perfect for use as a quilt, throw or picnic rug with it’s light but sturdy construction and blanket edge stitch.

Shop this quilt here.

SHARMA [SOLD]

A world away, dreaming of a gypsy caravan full of world textiles and the vastness of the desert outside…

SHARMA’s charming colour scheme of both warm and cool tones, red stitching detail and dreamy textile print reminiscent of the desert sands, bring out the exotic Eastern background of this Indian kantha quilt and its rich history.

For more vintage Indian kantha quilts and throws, visit our shop.

DALI

Such a happy vibe this Indian kantha quilt emanates! With the contrast of two brightly coloured sides – one cooling and one warming, how can you go wrong? Whether you are after a picnic rug for a happy Spring, Summer or Autumn day or you want to snuggle up in the Winter, this quilt does everything! Cotton blanket throws are an increasingly popular choice for all seasons of the year. Vintage recycled saree kanthas are better for you, better for the planet AND better for animals too!

Shop this quilt here

SURYA

Bursting with colour and energy, Surya, the Indian kantha quilt has lovely green, golden & red layers of cotton saree in a light-weight construction. Excellent as a throw, blanket, cover-up, tablecloth or curtain – with so many uses you’ll be needing more of these beautiful saree embroidered textiles!

Shop this quilt here.

CHAKRA [SOLD]

A truly striking vibrance comprised of rich red, orange and greens and a softer palette on the reverse of this floral quilt cover, CHAKRA is a lovely throw for the bed, sofa or grass! Also great used as a tablecloth or curtain, with its light-weight construction, its multi-purpose nature will have you using it in many ways.

As a lighter Indian Kantha quilt for those balmy Summer nights to stop the mosquitos from biting, a more eco-friendly option to other lightweight throw blankets and light weight cotton blankets and great for these warmer seasons.

It’s 70s vibe, surreal colours and large floral print remind one of the bright orange hues of Autumn. Unreal!

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DEVANI [SOLD]

DEVANI is a lovely Indian kantha quilt made from repurposed cotton saree cloth, with a bright but sophisticated print. This kantha is well-sized – will fit on a double or queen bed – and has a beautiful aesthetic – dreamy waves of texture, bright colours and perfect weight for a bedspread. We especially love the silvery-gold on the burgundy side of the quilt – adding a special elegance.

DEVANI is available for purchase here.

JASMINE [SOLD]

Rich hues of pumpkin orange and warm purple are a delightful combination of this Indian kantha quilt. A modern style kantha, in tartan vintage saree fabric made by artisans of India, constructed with thousands of tiny stitches is ideal for bedding. This Indian cotton bedspread is of mid- to heavy- weight, strong construction with coloured thread.

For more fair trade kantha quilts, cotton quilt bedding & embroidered throw blankets visit our shop.