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Khadi Kesh

& 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.

Khadi Kesh

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Khadi Kesh

175.00

The Khadi Kesh dress is basically a summer day in dress form. It's super light-weight and breathable because it's made from 100% hand-spun organic khadi cotton. The halter top lets your back feel the sunshine. A subtle high-low cut to the skirt adds a touch of playfulness. There's a hook closure at the neck and a zipper in the back.  100% Cotton. Hand wash only. 

Scroll down for more info about this piece and our partner artisan. 

M - Bust: 36.5" Waist: 28.5" Hips 38.5"

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& Monoyara

Monoyara lives in a small village outside Santiniketan. She learned Kantha stitch from her mother. Today, she is the master artist in her village and spends a lot of time teaching others. She's responsible for the initial design and color selection for the majority of the Kantha work in her village. It's common in these small villages for women to stitch in social circles between their daily activities. It's a way for them to contribute to the family income.

Khadi means hand-woven and hand spun fabric.  Khadi Cotton, the base material of this dress, is deeply rooted in the Indian culture as its production was a big part of the self-reliant movement initiated by freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi.