Welcome to our spotlight feature on the kaleidoscopic Kantha fabric! In our spotlight series, we showcase exquisite Indian crafts - history, culture and global appeal. Please browse through our Incredible India section for our previous entries.
The beautiful kantha running stitch has found its way to the global marketplace and today I will tell you the kantha story. If you are a trend spotter, you would have noticed kantha's rise to popularity which began approximately two years ago. Some might even call it an "over exposed trend". From West Elm to urban outfitters to pottery barn, western retailers were all over the kantha product a while back - after all, what's not to love about happy colors, intricate embroidery and eastern origin!
Well, let me tell you- kantha's still hot when it comes to home decor and fashion accessories!
|Global expressions - add a kantha scarf or a clutch to your wardrobe!
So, if you want to add a dose of bohemian to your decor- pick up a kantha quilt today- who cares if it is an over exposed trend? The versatile kantha quilts are a great way to embrace color and pattern in modest quantities. Bright colors and exotic patterns never go out of style!
The kantha fabric wears its folk reputation with pride!
Who would've thought old discarded saris stitched together in the bylanes of Calcutta would reign supreme in global decor?
They are hand stitched and (therefore) unique and make a sure-fire style statement in any room. Traditionally, the women of Bengal layered up to 5 saris and quilted them using the running stitch to weather the cool winter evenings in the cozy comfort of a kantha quilt and now the kantha is a coveted accessory! This article traces the origin of the kantha fabric to a quilt designed specially for babies!
|A bohemian-leaning family room.
|My study a sneak peak - a tour will follow sometime this year!
|Create a colorful and cozy stairwell lounge for an afternoon of reading !
For the book lovers out there - look what I found ! A lovely coffee table book!
Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Sheldon and Jill Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (available on Amazon)
The kantha fabric is great as a tablecloth, a pillow cover, a blanket or a throw! I will leave you with this picture of my family room bench accesorized with a merry looking kantha pillow!
Thank you for reading and we would love to hear your thoughts on global fabrics and incorporating vintage, hand crafted finds into your home decor.
P.S: All images are from my (Deepa's home) and taken by my husband. Do not use without permission.