We are excited here at O&M HQ about our upcoming range of beautiful handmade kantha scarves. Made in India from brightly coloured cotton saree cloth, handcrafted with the all-over kantha stitch, they are the perfect unique gift.
For the free-spirit, bohemian, dreamer, gypsy, hippie earth child… The light-weight kantha scarf is made of two layers of 100% cotton saree fabric, stitched together using the beautiful and functional kantha stitch, creating a double-sided 2-in-1 scarf of two varying saree prints. Due to the construction and dimensions, like many kantha products, the kantha scarf is so versatile as it can be used in many different ways:
We have found it to be a great head scarf or head wrap, shawl, sarong, wrap top and even a table runner!
Ah! They are so worldly and wonderful! Stay tuned.
Rajma is a magical cotton throw blanket from India, made with the kantha stitch. It has a dreamy vibe – combining the softness of the large rose print with a complex colour palette of mustard, soft pinks and cyan blue, and an even more delicate reverse side of dusty peach and gold.
Shop this quilt here ~ available on its own or in a Kantha Pack!
Made from recycled sarees, “Kantha” reportedly translates roughly to ‘rags’, likely referring to the reclaimed nature of the vintage fabrics and repurposing methods in which Kantha quilts are created. Far more beautiful than the original name inspires, Kantha quilts are a vibrant patchwork of layers upon layers of patterned fabrics, bold colours and of course a rich history which is woven together with each stitch, patch and stretch of beautiful fabric.
Often dyed with natural colours using leaves, grains, seeds and roots such as turmeric, the quintessentially Indian look of the blankets makes for a bold statement and brightens up, cools down or adds life to any living space or armchair you can drape them over.
Kantha stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery that can be traced back to ancient India, the name also having a double meaning as ‘throat’ with roots in the story of the Hindu deity Shiva and how his neck was turned blue in an effort to save humanity from a poisoned ocean, earning the nickname “Nila Kantha” – meaning blue throat. Ancient Kantha quilts often had ceremonial symbols and animals printed and stitched in their patterns, and were used in births and wedding ceremonies.
Women of West Bengal would stitch Kantha quilts, handkerchiefs and other personal articles with handmade motifs relevant to the family member or gift receiver; the art of which was passed down from mother to daughter. Now the Kantha stitch is still used traditionally in India and kantha quilts have gained a worldwide appreciation for their wonderfully eclectic and unique style of mixed fabric prints and patches combined with all-over hand-stitching. Kantha stitching is also not limited to quilts – it has crept into Western homes in the form of cushion covers, duvet covers and smaller items like bags, purses and even jackets.
Kanthas are a symbol of history, culture, family, strength & ingenuity.