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.

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Eco quilts: Kind to the planet, many times over

Vintage, handmade and often containing natural Indian dyes (such as turmeric), kanthas are one of the most eco-friendly, cruelty-free & sustainable quilts available.

Vintage kantha quilts are either; made over 30 years ago; or made recently with vintage fabrics. New kantha quilts are made from new fabric, recently. Here, we are passionate about the vintage kantha throw and in this post we go into detail about the benefits of buying a vintage kantha:)

GOOD FOR THE PLANET

You can call Kanthas The Eco-friendly Quilts due to their composition of recycled & repurposed fabrics as well as their natural dyes. In place of synthetic dyes, India is known for using the spice turmeric as well as other natural dyes to create the wonderful earthy colours that are so abundant in their culture. (For more on turmeric dye, view our post here.) Superior to synthetic dyes which harm the environment with chemical waste run-off, turmeric comes from the earth and is returned to the earth. 

The longevity of the quilts themselves and their many uses adds to their positive impact on the planet = less production of new materials and products.

Kantha production sustains small communities. There is a wonderful harmony in how giving new life to old sarees provides a livelihood for the women and artisans who create these stunning textiles. It’s important to support cultural traditions, so that we stay inspired. It’s raw, it’s real and it’s often what we need to remember the important things in our busy technology-crazed society.

GOOD FOR THE PEOPLE

Not only is re-use an environmentally-conscious option, the kantha trade helps support small rural communities and keeps traditional craftsmanship alive.

Historically and culturally, the kantha technique of re-using, repairing and carefully stitching is the beautiful solution to the limited availability of materials. The kantha has it’s beginnings in the home; the passing down of handmade kantha quilts through generations was an age-old tradition; a symbol of family, comfort and togetherness.

Often, kanthas are made by women in Bangladesh and Calcutta’s slums, as well as in rural communities, giving these women the chance to be independent through their earnings.

The Kantha Project seeks out kantha items that are fair-trade – providing work & livelihood for these women, as well as supporting the growth and development of small craft-smiths with fair work agreements.

Cotton is a natural fibre and thus is perfect for someone who is allergy-prone, as there is no synthetic wading, nor does the vintage kantha contain wool, unlike many quilts.

GOOD news FOR ANIMALS

Supporting vintage gives life back to old products thus halting the excess production of new products and materials, ensuring no further animals are harmed. Buying vintage or pre-loved is the best way you can reject the exploitation of animals – because it’s hard to know the exact content and process of any given new product. Therefore, repurposing and re-using is highly regarded for it’s ethical standing.

Kanthas don’t contain any wool products, unlike most quilts. And although silk is a common textile material used in India (and may be present within the kantha layers), we believe that all we can do is improve life for all (big and small) in our time. Since we can’t change the past, we’ll do our best to fix the present and future.

As well as being one of the most sustainable quilts made from layers of cotton saree, because of the Indian embroidery design of the kantha stitch hand embroidery and vintage print textiles, these cotton quilted throws are always one-of-a-kind which makes them that much more special. They have quickly become the favourite hippie Indian tapestry.

Top festival kanthas

Kanthas (saree embroidered textiles) are incredibly versatile, which makes them ideal for festivals. Have an unforgettable time all day and night outdoors, immersed in nature and music, camping under the stars and generally being wild and free!

Deck out your tent with vintage print kantha cotton blanket throws for an instantly homely, bright and happy hippie vibe! Wear your kantha as a cape for a unique festival get-up, or cuddle up under the stars with your bestie. Whatever the use – go with it!

These are our favourite picks for the festival season – a combination of bright, fun, soft, & light-weight, so it’s super easy to bring along, comfortable and just enough colour and a little warmth to get you through the festival season…

DOLORES

rajma

DEEPALI

gaya

maple

AASHNI

farrita

 elsa

ARI

karma

CHAKRA

EDIe

INDRA

GOVINDA

KORA

ANVITA

GYPSEA

rishi

NANDI

 

Have you taken a kantha throw to a festival? Share your pics with us on Instagram @thekanthaproject

Another 8 awesome uses for your kantha quilt

 

So we’ve covered the most common uses for kantha quilts India – if you haven’t yet read our previous post “Top 5 uses for Kantha quilts” this may be a better introduction.

Thought the wonderful colourful kantha was reserved only for the home? You were oh so wrong! Read below for some awesome uses you probably never thought of – definitely some of our favourites…

1. TABLECLOTH

Bring that perfect vibe to a relaxed balmy-night Summer tea party! Because there is so much detail in the vintage print of a kantha throw, using it as a tablecloth can really bring this detail forward and in the spotlight! Using a light-medium kantha throw will work best for table tops, allowing the corners to flow nicely off the table.
Most are completely machine-washable and they are probably a better choice over a plain tablecloth, as any spills will be barely visible on the vintage ethnic textiles vibrant patterns and patchwork.

 2. CURTAINS OR ROOM DIVIDER

Simply adding curtain clips along any edge of a kantha quilt can instantly turn it into a wonderfully colourful curtain or room divider – with a hippie Indian tapestry vibe. Here at The Kantha Project we like to keep open-minded and let you decide what uses you can get out of our beautiful range of kantha quilts and blankets, leaving them untouched, as-is.

 3. car seat cover / throw

Keep a kantha in your car for extra warmth as a blanket, a picnic rug or even to bring personality and colour into your car. Cover the back seat with a colourful kantha, throw a kantha on the front seat and drive!

 4. cape / wrap

Chilly night? A little too breezy? Swap your jacket for something a little more fun – a kantha around your shoulders will give much warmth due to the insulation created by the various cotton layers – it’s a poncho-like, cape-y, wearable blanket sort of deal. Plus, vintage ethnic textiles are all the rage.

 5. BABY PLAYMAT OR WRAP

Babies love colour! Choose a bright kantha with varied prints and patches and you’ve got yourself a baby-approved playmat that you can lie on your living room floor guaranteed to keep your bubs occupied while you catch up on that midday soapie.

You can also use it as a blanket (folded over twice) or baby wrap!

 6. BEACH THROW / COVER-UP

Whether used as a beach throw blanket to sit on, or a cover-up if you just want to chuck something on over your bikini, kanthas are the latest accessory. They provide whatever cover you need on-hand. Aren’t they just awesome?

 7. RUG

The thicker, heavier kantha quilts can be used as rugs! Perfect for the teepee or glamping experience, they are a great choice for covering the entire tent floor – easy, fun and pleasant to sit or lie on – pile up some cushions and chill!

 8. YOGA MAT

Bored of the usual foam yoga mats – feeling like changing things up a bit? A folded kantha quilt that is fairly light-weight is ideal as an eco friendly yoga mat or yoga blanket. Because it’s layered cotton, it’s more hygienic and a more natural yoga mat than the typical foam yoga mats, and a lot more attractive as well. You can roll it up the same way or have it folded in your bag, and even use it for other things the same day – such as a picnic lunch!

 

What do you think? Can you think of any other great uses? Comment below or if you have a kantha or two tag us on Instagram @thekanthaproject 🙂

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.

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