The History of Kantha Quilts

The History of Kantha Quilts

The History of Kantha Quilts

Kantha is one of the oldest types of embroidery in India and is often practiced by rural women. It is characterized by a long, running, hand-made stitch.

Detail of kantha running stitch The Fox and the Mermaid

In Sanskrit kantha means "rags" which reflects the fact that kantha quilts are made from old clothing or repurposed saris. Two pieces of fabric are stitched together creating a lightweight quilt, scarf, pillow or throw. These double-sided quilts are generally made from cotton or silk. No two are alike.

silk hand-stitched kantha scarf The Fox and the Mermaid

Kantha embroidery dates back 2,500 years although the running stitch that is popular today started about 500 years ago. These indian textiles are characterized by vibrant colors and their bohemian spirit.

Vintage Kantha Handmade Quilt The Fox and the Mermaid

Shibori and indigo tie-dye patterns offer a new spin on an old favorite. They are a must have for any bohemian chic home.

Shibori Kantha Quilt The Fox and the Mermaid


How to Get The Boho Look in Your Home

How to Get The Boho Look in Your Home

Bohemian decor has been experiencing a renaissance. The popular maximalist home decor style is characterized by vibrant colors, exotic textiles, mismatched furniture, layered rugs, macrame, wall hangers, wicker and lots of plants. It's a texture-rich mix of ethic, mid-century, the 70s and vintage. More is more is the best way to describe this artful style.

Five easy ways to get this style:

1) add a leather poufs for cozy seating:

Moroccan Leather Pouf

Assorted colors, $159

2) Pillows, Pillows, and more Pillows:

Patchwork Floor Pillows

Assorted Colors and Sizes, starting at $39 

3) Ethnic throws, quilts and textiles are a great way to add color and texture to to your sofa:

Vintage kantha QUilts

Vintage Kantha Quilts, $79

4) Instead of paintings, decorate your wall with a colorful Indian tapestry:

Purple Mandala Tapestry

Mandala Tapestry, $37

5) Add a DIY hanging macrame chair:

Macrame Hanging Chair

photo credit: Classy Chair

Click photo to learn how to make your own chair 




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