Put this lovely silk pillow on your bed, your sofa or your favorite armchair – a touch of Bohemian style! This patchwork pillow case is made from kantha scraps.
Kantha is an ancient form of embroidery that originated in India. The name Kantha means “rags” in Sanskrit reflecting the tradition of using discarded clothing or garments to remake old cloth into bed coverings and other garments for the household. Rural women used the running embroidery stitch to hold the layers together and passed the techniques down from mother to daughter. The technique is indigenous to West Bengal and continues to be the principal textile art in the region. Several revivals of the tradition have occurred in India over the past 75 years helping women secure a livelihood through stitching.
Threads used in Kantha embroidery were usually taken from old saris and reflect the colors of everyday life in India. Traditional nature motifs are still stitched into cloth along with the simple running stitches seen in these contemporary pillows. Recycled saris are stitched with multicolor threads to make a strikingly beautiful, repurposed pillow cover.
The kantha pillow covers are a new Red Sari collaboration with a world fair trade organization in Kolkata, India. The Red Sari is a socially responsible fashion design company with a primary mission to create sustainable jobs for women in Nepal while being environmentally aware.