We sell premium quality, ethically made, fair trade kantha quilts. Call them whatever you want – kantha blankets, sari throws, “Indian blankets”, vintage sari kantha – all you need to know is:
We believe our kantha blankets are the very best of their kind on the market, because of the excellent quality of their stitching & colour-matching and the exceptional way in which our producing partner, Basha, treats their people.
dignify also sells other fabulous, ethically made items – bags, jewellery, scarves, housewares – curated to offer additional ethical gift and shopping options. Each item in our store has been made by a person in the world working in a job with dignity.
I first heard about kantha blankets from Robin, the co-founder & managing director of Basha; I learned about the work she was doing in Dhaka, Bangladesh with women who were redeemed from sex trafficking (or removed from risk) and retrained to create blankets in the Bengali tradition of kantha. It was very inspiring!
I had browsed global handicrafts before with only marginal interest; for me, most products that stemmed from a regional, traditional craft did not fit with my aesthetic.
Unique enough to bring something new & different to my home, but not too unique, if you know what I mean…
I really wanted to buy one, but, living on a grad student income (read: savings) with our family of 4, I could not quite justify the indulgence. When my friend, Kathy, announced she was engaged, I knew it was the perfect excuse to buy one!
Kathy had been suddenly widowed several years before, while pregnant with her third baby. Her upcoming marriage to an amazing man was a glimmer of redemption from the difficulty & sadness of the preceding years.
I loved the parallel. Here were two very different women – one Canadian fiancée, one Bengali seamstress – living on opposite sides of the world, with two very different experiences. But, the heart of their story was the same: from hardship, adversity, and a lot of pain… to recovery, redemption and the beginning of hope.
Now, we produce a blog which offers ideas, tips, and thoughtful discussions on how to shop well – using our spending voice to bring dignity to the marketplace.