Why we love them : Vivid, Joyful colors! Wildly knotty hand-stitching! An exotic place of beginning! What’s not to love? One of these South Asian blankets will add just the suitable amount of oomph your home needs in the sunny months ahead. Where they’re from: Kantha’s originate in Bangladesh and the eastern states of India, where women stitch together layer upon layer of old saris and shake off the cloth scraps to create thin throws used as blankets, cushions, handbags, quilts and many more attractive items.
How you say it : KAHN-taa
Where you’ve seen them: Some of our favourite boho Wholesaler of these Kantha stuff such as Vintagekanthaquilts.com or maniona have amassed a privileged collection of kanthas, which show up laid, sprawl, and crimp in effortlessly cool ways around their equally enviable homes. Scroll down for an easy-to-replicate DIY project Maniona dreamt up using one.
Fun fact: Kanthas sport different patterns on each side like geometrical, circular, Stripes, zigzag, Polka Dots and much more, and who doesn’t love a good two-for-one deal?
Naturally, as quilts, they’re overnight sensations. But blanketing your bed is not all they can do. Below are few more reasons you should covet a kantha made stuff.
Drape Beautifully Across Sofas.
Laying a kantha over the arm of your couch or love seat adds interim colour and impression to your living room and assures that you have a light cover at the handy when popcorn and a movie come calling. Take it a step ahead by actually plaiting a quilt around your seat’s cushions to give it an instant amend without all-new upholstery.
Make Top-Shelf Tablecloths.
Gently and Beautifully patterned and thin enough that they won’t make drink glasses falter, kanthas are like the mainstay in the building blocks of a festive table setting. Spread one across your entire table, or fold it in thirds as a runner under big dish of food you’ll pass family-style. And it (almost) goes beyond saying that they make dynamic picnic blankets for casual gatherings.
Are perfect as Pillow Covers.
With their polka dots and poppy prints and bright colorways, kanthas were made to cover throw pillows. You can buy pillows already clad in kantha fabric, or take a quilt to your local tailor and have it sewn into pillows. Toss a few on the floor with a floppy cushion and—voilà!—a kid-level lounge pad fit for a laid-back adult.
Dress Up Accent Pieces.
Some ottomans and benches come already drape in kantha fabric. But if you’re the hands-on type who loves nothing more than a grafting, do what one of our favourite Maniona, did and stitch up a slowpoke of your own, an especially nice touch alongside a creamy white couch.