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Tussar Dress

& 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.

Tussar Dress

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Tussar Dress

365.00

Treat yourself to something pretty. The Tussar dress is a youthful take on sophistication. Two incredible ornate patterns come together in a classic boat-neck dress with a pleated a-line skirt. The detailed kantha work found on this garment is extremely time consuming and may take an artist up to 6 months to complete 5 yards of fabric between daily family activities. Hidden side zipper and hook closure. 100% natural un-dyed Tussar Silk. Dry clean  only. 

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

S -- Bust: 34.5” Waist: 26.5” Hips: 36.5”

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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. 

Complex Kantha work is tedious but the result is stunning. The artists work one section at a time on small hand-held circles that pull the fabric taut for precise stitch placement. When you turn your garment inside out, you'll notice hundreds of knots. Each was hand tied. Completing the intricate embroidery on the Tussar dress takes a long time because the artists only work in their free time. They typically stitch in social circles between regular village activities.