Pronounced KAHN-taa, this method of quilting originates from the Eastern states of India, West Bengal. Traditionally in this region, women hand-stitch layers of vintage recycled saris to give it a new look and transform these into quilts. Over it straight running stitching is done which is known as kantha running stitching.
As you can imagine, Kantha throws or quilts are made of an array of colours and patterns with noticeable stitching as part of the design. Each piece of these kantha quilts is completely unique - you really can't find two identical! As these are made from old recycled sari and each sari is of different color, pattern and design. Each quilt or blanket is made of layers of thin saris, so these provide warmth.
These kantha quilts has multi-usage, these can be used as a bed cover as well as a throw over a sofa or chair, cushion covers, curtain, mobile holder and has other many more usage. The layering depends on the requirement. Sometimes, it's just 2 layered and can goes upto 8-9 layers.
The colors and patterns are impulsive different on each kantha, but you'll find that these always complement each other. They bring new colors and a bit of indian history and culture into the home - who wouldn't love these alluring and glistening kantha blankets.
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.
- 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.
- CAR SEAT COVER / COUCH SOFA 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 / sofa. Cover the back seat with a colourful kantha, throw a kantha on the front seat and drive!
- 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.
- BABY PLAYMAT OR WRAP AS KANTHA SCARVES
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!
- 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?
- RUG OR USE IT AS ACCENT PIECES.
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!
- 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!
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