Fabric: Pure Tassar Silk, Embroidered with Cotton Yarn
Size: 21 inch x 73 inch
Pattern: Vines and Paisley
Care: Dry Clean only, when absolutely necessary.
Disclaimer: Characteristic imperfections associated with handweaving and embroidery maybe noticed. This is not a flaw but indicative of handmade process. Despite every effort to showcase each product’s color and design, please note that actual colors may vary due to different device settings and other factors.
Made/Mkt by: This stole is made by women artisans of Santa Kantha Arts and Crafts. This organization was started by Chand Bhai and his wife Santa Begum in West Bengal. The couple began with only 10 women but grew to employ more than 100 women who practice kantha hand stitch embroidery out of their homes in remote rural West Bengal. Chand Bhai has extensive network in rural West Bengal where he employs women artisans who practice this out of their homes, earning much needed fair wages.
Kantha: Kantha is a running stich of great beauty, it originated in eastern regions of the Indian subcontinent. The oldest existing examples of kantha, date from the early 1800s. Folk motifs, floral motifs, animal and bird figures and geometrical figures are the most used designs in Kantha embroidery. Originally it was used to join layers of old fabrics, to make quilts and other upcycled articles, though now new articles of textiles are made using this technique like sarees, scarves, dupattas and fabrics. It is a household craft and is practiced by many women artisans in both rural and urban West Bengal. It has become a means of much needed livelihood and women empowerment in this region.