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

BASANTI [SOLD]

Another dream of a kantha quilt – over 30 years old, entirely handmade lovingly by Indian artisans. This wonderfully versatile Indian textile made from layers of vintage cotton saree has the sought-after disintegration in the saree layers, that create a masterpiece work of art, allowing the inner layers of colourful saree cloth to show through.

Perfect for rustic queen bedding, a wonderful example of Indian embroidery design made with floral vintage print cotton.

Available at The Kantha Project shop here.

SIENNA [SOLD]

SIENNA is a tapestry of wonderful warm red & orange waves within an intricate textile print. We fell in love with the varying degrees of hues that have naturally become lighter in some parts, and deeper in others, due to the beautiful vintage saree fabric.

She is an excellent example of a light weight kantha throw – useful in a multitude of ways such as a couch throw for added colour and brightness, hung over the back of a chair in the kitchen, or even a tablecloth. This happy bright throw will lighten every space.

For more rustic queen bedding, handmade patchwork quilts, beach throw blankets and cotton bed throws, see our range of sustainable quilts here!

MEADOW

This beautiful kantha floral quilt cover is ideal for rustic queen bedding. The gentle olive hues and vintage print, along with diamond Indian embroidery design makes a wonderful piece – in its tactile glory and handmade vintage aesthetic. Meadow is a heavier-weight kantha, which will serve many years as a warm bed throw or otherwise can used in outdoor settings.

Shop the quilt here