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Blue Floral Reversible Kantha Shawl

& Santiniketan

The women of Santiniketan have been sewing layers of recycled saris together to make quilts for centuries. It's a running stitch technique called Kantha and is currently the fashion diktat of the region. In West Bangal, Kantha has been elevated beyond traditional quilts to elaborate embroidery that adorns everything from Khadi cotton to Tussar silk. We hope to expand the reach of Kantha beyond traditional Indian wear by incorporating it into styles more commonly worn on this side of the world.

Blue Floral Reversible Kantha Shawl

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Blue Floral Reversible Kantha Shawl

89.00

There are a dozen ways to wear this beautiful reversible shawl. Throw it over your shoulders and when you feel like a costume change, flip it over, drape it like a scarf to show off the contrasting patterns, toss it around your neck and belt it over a simple dress, etc. This versatile piece is made from two layers of excess silk sari material, hand-picked to compliment and contrast. The layers are tediously stitched together with the traditional Kantha running stitch creating glorious texture and intricate detail all over. 100% Silk with cotton threads.

Measurements: 33” x 85" 

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& Begum

Begum leads a Kantha collective of over two hundred women in her village. She and her sister are predominantly responsible for the color and pattern designs for the collective. She also teaches more intricate stitches and works with women of varying skill levels to develop stronger craft. 

These reversible shawls were born from the village tradition of recycling sari's into basic household items like quilts and bedding. Here, the tradition is elevated to create a unique piece you'll want to wrap around everything. On average, it takes an artisan approximately 4 weeks to complete one of these shawls. They typically stitch in social circles between regular village activities.