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5 Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts | Jaipur Handloom

With their whimsical fabrics and uneven stitching, kantha throws are fun, colorful accessories. Yet like other quilting traditions, the art form has rich cultural roots. For centuries in India and Bangladesh, Bengali women stitched together old saris and cloth scraps to form blankets and cushions. “Kantha” is the Sanskrit word for rags, and old cloth was believed to provide protection from harm.

  • A Sanskrit proverb—“Slowly one stitches rags, slowly one traverses the path, and slowly one climbs to the top of the mountain”—connects the craft to the deities Chindadeo and Chindadevi, the Lord and Lady of Tatters.
  • Kantha is actually a form of embroidery, sometimes used to depict symbols of nature like the sun or the tree of life.
  • Although a simple running stitch is most familiar in today’s imports, women also created elaborate patterns that told family stories—as did African and early American quilters.
  • Sometimes several generations of women would work on the same heirloom quilt.
  • Both sides of a kantha quilt are equally decorative but not identical.
  • Kantha cloth is often made into tablecloths, pillow covers, scarves, and bags, as well as quilts.
  • Authentic kantha throws are handmade and will vary in size, color, and pattern.

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Whether you’d like to embellish an existing color scheme in a sophisticated living space or create a more relaxed bohemian vibe – here’s five reasons you need to get yourself a Kantha quilt to bring some light, history and fun into your life!

 

 

  1. BED SPREAD, QUILT OR COVERLET

Probably the most common modern use for the Kantha quilt – they’re great all year ’round. Wonderful layered, for that true ‘boho’ look, they can provide instant warmth on those chilly nights, but they can also be light enough to use in warmer months if they have more delicate cotton layers.

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

  1. CURTAINS OR ROOM DIVIDER

Simply adding curtain clips along any edge of a kantha quilt can instantly turn it into a wonderfully colorful curtain or room divider – with a hippie Indian tapestry vibe. Here at Jaipur Handlom 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.

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

kantha curtains by Jaipur Handloom

 

kantha curtains by Jaipur Handloom

 

  1. COUCH THROW OR BLANKET

Another favorite in our home is a couch throw – whether it’s literally thrown onto the couch to give a much needed splash of color or pattern, neatly folded or hung on the back of the sofa or armrest, the Kantha throw can be used to liven up a couch or as a blanket for snuggling up under (with popcorn of course)!
Alternatively, a fun weekend break from night re-runs of Friends or Breaking Bad could have you set up some floor cushions and layer them with kantha quilts for a romantic setting. Perfect for that cheeky glass of wine and Indian curry you’ve been dreaming about all week.

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

  1. WALL HANGING AND TAPESTRY

Kanthas make great wall hangings and can be an incredible talking piece for a lounge feature – or even an office space. The best thing about it is the 2-in-1 feature of the kantha – as they are double-sided they can be flipped creating a dynamic wall space!

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

 

  1. PICNIC BLANKET

Our favourite use of these gorgeous colorful kantha's is the picnic blanket. Kanthas are the ultimate picnic blanket – versatile, colourful and even reversible – so you really get a choice of 2 designs each time! Light enough to carry or stash in your bike basket, you’ll be the envy of all the other plain plaid blanket owners in your local park. You can keep a small kantha rolled up in your glove compartment for the impromptu country picnic getaway at any time, you can even have an indoor picnic in the middle of your lounge

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

Reasons to Get Addicted to Kantha Quilts - Jaipur Handloom Manufacturer of Kantha Quilts, Throws & Blankets

 

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What’s deal with Adorable Vintage Kantha Quilts - Top Reasons to Love’em

Ideal in their Imperfections, Vintage Kantha throws are a one-of-a-kind cotton textile. Inspired with the history and contentment of their rich heritage, these amazingly creative and vividly colored quilts are built by sewing together layers of old saris collectively. Kantha throws or quilts provide a fantastic kaleidoscope of color, fully remodeling and intensifying up any living space with their incredible details and vibrant colors.
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Vintage kantha Quilts vs New Kantha Quilts – Which one to Buy and Where.?

If you’re struggling to make a decision on which Indian throw to bring home with you, you’re in the right, Jaipur Handloom can help you understand the difference between new kantha quilt and vintage kantha quilt.
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Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

In our world today, handcraft production is the second largest form of employment behind agriculture. Jaipur Handloom fair trade mission is dedicated not only to paying our kantha quilts artisans fair wages and ensuring safe working conditions, but to creating opportunity for individuals, communities, and environments to thrive and grow. More than a business philosophy, fair trade is the development of relationships built on respect, honesty, freedom, and dignity.

 

  

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

    

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

   

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

 

 

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Manufacturer Exporter Jaipur Handloom

  

 

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

    

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Jaipur Handloom

 

Our Values

Jaipur Handloom is committed to a code of practice based upon these fair trade values:

 

Security

We pay fair wages up front, guaranteeing long-term, sustainable livelihoods for artisans and their families, and assuming all business risk associated with the sale of their products.

 

Education

We invest in literacy, life skills, and vocation training for our artisans—and in access to education for their families—to grow businesses, self-sufficiency, and the opportunity for a brighter future.

 

Responsibility

We are accountable to artisans and farmers, their communities, cultures, and environments—and seek to build relationships based on respect, compassion, integrity, and transparency.

 

Rights

We are committed to men, women, and children achieving basic human rights, including safe working conditions, fair wages for their work, education, and freedom from exploitation.

 

Value

We honor the creativity and craftsmanship of our artisans’ work and tradition
 

 

 

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom
  

 

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Manufacturer Exporter Jaipur Handloom

 

  

 

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

   

 

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

   

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Manufacturer Exporter Jaipur Handloom

  

  

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

  

 

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

   

 

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Manufacturer Exporter Jaipur Handloom

 

 

Our Commitment to the Environment:


Environmental degradation is linked directly to poverty in much of the world. Jaipur Handloom mission to fight poverty cannot happen without a thriving environment and healthy, sustainable practices.

We work with our artisans to ensure that our products are made responsibly, with sustainable materials—including recycled and remnant materials—and production techniques. Many of our artisans are active in environmental projects within their communities, including sustainable harvesting of materials, waste water treatment, reforestation initiatives, and environmental education programs.

 

 

 

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

  

 

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Jaipur Handloom

 

  

Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

 


We believe in:


Creating employment: 

Jaipur Handloom works to provide employment opportunities to all artisans, regardless of gender, race, or religion. We also work to prevent child labor, instead making sure artisans' children stay in school and have brighter futures.

Paying fair wages:

Artisans working with Jaipur Handloom are paid fair wages in advance, to ensure they can support themselves and their families while they work.

Encouraging sustainable practices:

Jaipur Handloom cares about the planet, and encourages artisans to use sustainable crafting methods and recycled materials in their handcrafts. Here at home, we also use recycled cardboard shreds to pack our products for safe shipping.

Supporting community development:

Jaipur Handloom provides loans and donations to help build workshops, fund healthcare and education initiatives, recover from natural disasters, and additional community improvement projects as needed.

Preserving traditional crafting techniques:

Jaipur Handloom employs artisans who utilize traditional crafting methods, patterns, and materials to create their handcrafts.

 

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Sustainable livelihoods of Kantha Artisans and Environmental Safety - Fair Trade Initiative and Mission of Jaipur Handloom

 

 

 

 

Vintage kantha Quilt Wholesale Supplier Jaipur Handloom

With your support, we can continue to combat global poverty and work to help artisans and farmers build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities. 

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Journey of Vintage kantha quilt from recycled vintage saris of Bengal to Fine Kantha Quilt

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