KCVW003.ONYX Kantha Cloth by Valori WellsRegular price$30.00
- Manufacturer: Free Spirit Fabrics
- Collection: Kantha Cloth
- Designer: Valori Wells
- Genre: Contemporary, Nature, Floral, Specialty
- Content: 100% Cotton
- Width: 44"/45"
- Color: Onyx, Black
- UPC: 803081029102
- SKU: KCVW003.ONYX
Traditionally, Kantha was a cloth handmade by women, and the technique was passed down from generation to generation, much like a lovely pieced quilt. Kantha is an incredibly old technique that originated in Bangladesh and West Bengal and was made from saris and other garments that were no longer wearable. Pieces of these garments were stitched together with a running stitch. “Kontha” is a Sanskrit word meaning “rags”, which were believed to keep people safe from harm.
The prints featured are derived from Val’s hand carved blocks she uses to create hand-stamped, block printed fabrics. These hand-stamped fabrics are then hand-screen printed in India, cut and pieced together. They are then hand stitched by skilled artisans, from small villages in one area of India, who are versed in the traditions of Kantha. These talented women earn a fair wage to use their skills, true to the craft, combining this age-old tradition with the patchwork fabrics.