15 January 19: A history of kantha quilts

There’s something about kantha quilts…

I once read that creative people tend to prefer asymmetry (I’m all for buying odd numbers of things rather than even ones). This kantha quilt is perfection to me – an explosion of colours arranged in a random, asymmetrical pattern (seen here with my fantabulous @_kittyholmes_cushions, left and right 💚💙). Apparently, kantha quilts are traditionally made from layers of old, preloved saris, sandwiched together and carefully fixed together with a running stitch. Dating back to the 1st or 2nd century, the kantha (from the Sanskrit ‘kontha’, meaning ‘rags’) legend has it that these quilts originated from Lord Buddha covering himself with scraps of fabric to keep warm at night. Humble meets godly.

Martha, The Colour File x

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