I first heard about kantha blankets from Robin, a social worker by background, and her work 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.
I had browsed global handicrafts before without much interest; for me, most of them were interesting, but not what I would want in my own home.
But these kantha quilts were gorgeous! 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 child. Her upcoming marriage to an amazing man was a glimmer of redemption from the difficulty & sadness of the previous few years.
I loved the parallel. Here were two very different women – one Canadian fiancée, one Bangladeshi 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.
What began as a desire to share a few of the sari blankets with other gals soon expanded to more and more and more of the very best quality, gorgeous kantha blankets!
"Oh Wow! I just received my first order of two of your beautiful blankets. They have exceeded my expectations - they are gorgeous and cosy and I can't wait to purchase more for my family and friends. I am so happy I have discovered you. Thank you for bringing awareness to and important issue, and for helping me feel really great about my Christmas shopping too."
"I absolutely love my blanket that I bought a few months ago. It fits our bed in our room perfectly and every time I walk by and see it I get a little joy thrill."
"I received the kantha throw yesterday and wanted to let you know how lovely I think it is. The colors are beautiful and the silk so soft. The stitching is amazing. Such workmanship is hard to find these days. Thank you so much and many thanks to the wonderful woman who made it!"
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