Sunday, July 28, 2013

Another World Trading

Kantha, an Indian craft having originated in West Bengal (north-eastern part of India) has become a rage the world over.It is considered the most artistic of all embroidery styles, instantly adding a global flair to any space.

Let's delve into the age old tradition of the Kantha so as to be able to better appreciate it. These gorgeous pieces of textile were a means of personal expression. It is believed that a “real” Kantha is able to narrate a whole story.The fabric was traditionally re-purposed from used textiles (primarily saris and dhotis). Layers of discarded saris were joined by a simple running stitch, which typically produces a brilliant rippled effect. Thus, started the foremost initiation of re-purposing in the art world.

Reclaimed Wooden Column Kantha Top Stool

With that said, I’d like to share a fabulous new shop "Another World Trading" (AWT) that retails via online store Etsy. I could not get past the exclusive products that the store has to offer and reached out to her. Am so glad that I did.

 AWT has an array of Kantha inspired trays, poufs, pillows, kids jackets, quilts to name a few. Based in Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), the store is the brain child of Emma Hagen. Little did she know that a vacation to India would inspire her to kick off a vocation that would orbit around the Kantha . In her own words “India was not only like visiting another country but ANOTHER WORLD! I discovered a new way of looking at textiles, fabrics and colors. This has extended to a global search for interesting and different items to enhance our lives. Something that I hope to share!”

Vintage Kantha quilt - Mother Natures' purple, green mustard leaves. 
Emma has the brilliant support of her family to back her. Her son and daughter willingly agree to model for the kids clothing line that AWT offers. The stitching and custom orders requests are often outsourced to her lovely, patient Mother. 

Emma goes on to say “I really discovered something very different and special in India. Color Amazing Color! Most of my creations are imagined and worked out at my home. Then the Kantha is chosen and the patterns are cut painstakingly. I often engage in the finishing details i.e. hand stitching them myself. Strangely enough I dress mostly in practical black but I am surrounded by color in my shop."

Vintage Kantha Covered Bowl

Patchwork Kantha Mini Pouf

Vintage Kantha Covered Rectangular Trays

Vintage Kantha Covered Round Trays

What a lucky lady to be surrounded by such beautiful things. I had a rough time picking out a few to share with you'll. It’s innovate how she has used Kantha for the trays and bowls. They are my personal favorite.

Kantha Quilted Childs Jacket

For more check out Another World Trading at Etsy. 

Images : Via

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