Add color with Kantha
These one-of-a-kind embroideries are created with material and thread from castoff saris and dhotis. Usually layered in three plies, the cloth has a quilted feel that adds to the surface interest of the designs. And the fine stitchery in geometric patterns and folk motifs makes each piece a true work of art.
No two examples of kantha cloth are exactly alike, because each stems from the inspiration and skill of an individual artisan. So when I include kantha in a chair or sofa, I’m creating something that is not only visually and texturally fascinating but also completely exclusive. No one else can have quite the same thing.
I love to include a bit of foreign intrigue in my designs. And few places exude more exoticism than Bengal, India where the women have been sewing original kantha cloth designs for centuries. Often used for shawls, blankets, or covers for boxes and mirrors, kantha also makes brilliant upholstery fabrics.
By adding kantha to a pillow, ottoman, or even a larger piece, you can spice up a furniture grouping or a whole room. I think of it as the special ingredient in a great recipe. And like any intense flavor, even a little can go a long way. So try a dash yourself, and you may find it’s just to your taste.
Kantha brings the cultural heritage of a faraway place close to home. As a world traveler myself, I appreciate the cosmopolitan stamp it puts on furnishings. And whether you’re a genuine globe-trotter or an armchair adventurer, it can be your passport to a different look, a different style, a different world.