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|History of Kantha
Kantha throws: literally, “quilt of recycled cotton rag” are traditionally associated with the rural women of Bengal, both in India and Bangladesh. Kantha has a long history including references even in medieval literature.
Made from layers of discarded saris joined by a simple running stitch, which typically produces a wonderful rippled effect. Kantha range from utilitarian quilts to exquisitely embroidered heirlooms, and are used primarily as bed pallets and as light wraps, with smaller versions traditionally used as swaddling clothes for babies.
Old cloth also has a magical purpose, as it is believed to symbolize prayers and ward off the “evil eye,” hence the rags often displayed at Indian shrines or tied to trees.
Mieko Mintz: A Passion for Kantha
Mieko’s work follows in the kantha tradition; first her designs are made into kantha throws in West Bengal and then are cut to fit her jacket designs. Her kantha are treated resulting in a clothing line especially soft to the touch.
Her focus is a kantha line that is not only comfortable, but contemporary and sophisticated. She finds romance in the saris’ reincarnation in the new kantha: old saris coming back to life in a totally different time and land. Cuttings left over from making the jackets are recycled one more time to create hats, bags, and jewelry.
Traditionally kantha were supposed to help keep their wearers safe from harm and aid in obtaining happiness and prosperity, all of which Mieko wishes for you.