Traditionally created using stacked layers of vintage saris, kantha are so-named because of the fine hand stitching that runs throughout each piece (kantha derived from the Sanskrit “kontha” meaning “rags”, referring to the ages-old practice of stitching together remnant fabrics). Today, vintage block printed fabric is more frequently used and equally captivating.
Each kantha is unique in design, stitching pattern, thickness and softness. shenouk hand selects each kantha personally in India, seeking out fluid all-over patterns, high quality stitching (the finer the better), and beautiful design to ensure that each item adheres to the shenouk standard. As is true with vintage finds, each kantha is one-of-a-kind and not to be found again.
Some of the finest kantha are found on the Bengalese border, and thus are also known as Bengali blankets. Most blankets approximate the size of a single bedcover but variations in exact size are to be expected.
Kantha are stitched by exclusively by women, which we can’t help but love.
Ideal over a bed, perched on the back of a loveworn sofa, or as a light layer to keep off an evening chill, these storied blankets have endless uses. We have no doubt that they will soon find a place in your home and become treasured friends in years to come.