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 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
For more check out Another World Trading at Etsy.
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