upcycled silk sari "kantha" scarf - emerald green and orange-pink print
This up-cycled silk sari scarf is hand-made by the House of Wandering Silk (HOWS), a woman-owned-and-operated social enterprise in New Delhi, India.
It is made using 2 layers of vintage sari fabric, hand-picked and paired piece-by-piece by color and design. The layers are then stitched together using the "kantha" stitch, in which women from a low-income co-operative in West Bengal sew rows of tiny running stitches from end-to-end to re-inforce the layered fabric, but also to provide an element of design. The kantha creates a rich, rippling effect across the fabric and adds a unique texture the scarf. This scarf is a limited edition piece, and one-of-a-kind. You will never see the same combination of fabrics and threads twice. This kantha embroidery is of the highest quality, stitched by women whose families have been sewing kantha for generations in West Bengal, India. The scarf undergoes at least seven steps of quality control.
Each kantha artisan embroiders her name in Bengali in a corner of the scarf, just as an artist will sign their work. The team at HOWS hopes that this will remind you of the long journey the scarf has taken to reach you and the positive impact your purchase is making on the artisan and her family!
To care for this hand-stitched product, please hand-wash separately in cold water using a mild dtetergent. Do not soak. Drip dry in shade.