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Kalka Top

& 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.

Kalka Top

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Kalka Top

125.00

The Paisley top is a beautiful, hand-embroidered, two-layer, crop. The boxy shape gives it a versatile fit. It's fully lined with a peekaboo silk layer. The exposed zipper in the back adds a touch of edge to this feminine piece. 100% Silk. Dry clean only. 

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

S -- Bust: 34"

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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. 

The Kalka top has a modern look with a very traditional touch. The paisley motif used in this skirt is called "buta" in hindi and "kalka" in Bengali, the traditional language of Santiniketan. This motif is a droplet-shaped, vegetable design influenced by the Persian art during the Mongol Dynasty and made popular in the West by Indians during the British era around the 18th & 19th centuries.