One Million Tiny Stitches - Vintage Kantha Quilts

One Million Tiny Stitches - Vintage Kantha Quilts

Kanthas originate in Bangladesh and the eastern states of India, where women stitch together layer upon layer of old saris and cotton scraps to create thin throws used as blankets and cushions. The ultimate in upcycling and recycling!

Kanthas are whimsically different on both sides with delightfully boho unmatched prints and colors. Just flip them over to find a complementary color and pattern on the underside. Kantha throws are a one of a kind item which don’t come in one single color and are organic and eco-friendly. As these are made by old recycled saris they may have some loose threads, open ends, small spots/stain and small patches which are not considered defects, as the item is made of vintage material. 

How can you use kantha quilts in your home? 

Layer them over your sofa at the ready to snuggle and to add a pop of color.

 Kanthas make great table covers...thin enough that glasses won't wobble...

Photo by Thomas Loof

If you are handy with needle and thread, kantha quilts make durable and fun pillow covers and furniture covers like ottomans and benches. 

Photo by Justina Blakeney

 

Shop Vintage Kantha Quilts at our retail location Marigold Way in Northeast Minneapolis. Here are details of a few of the pieces we've collected for you from Rajasthan, India. 

Ranging in size from 48" x 80" to 92" x 62 we sell them for $120 each.

   
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(photos from Jaipur Quilts by Krystyna Hellstrom)

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The front and back of the quilt is premium quality oh so soft and silky cotton voile which has been hand block printed in the traditional Jaipur Sanganeri prints that the whole world loves. The layers are then stitched together in a running stitch, holding the cotton in place. Two skilled women can stitch up to two quilts a day. 

 

  • Easy care. *
  • Lightweight and warm.
  • Beautiful. Hand block printed.
  • Pure and natural cotton inside and out.
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 * Machine wash gentle, cold. Delicate dryer. Dry Clean for longest life. 

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Katrina

www.marigoldway.com

 

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