Understanding dignify's Blanket Photos

Online shopping has its challenges & limitations. There is simply no replacement for touching, seeing & feeling a product! Photographs of our kantha products are the closest we can come to showing off the intricacy, detail, and colors of each one-of-a-kind kantha blanket.

One type of inquiry we receive is for different photos of our blankets:

  • Can you show me what the entire blanket looks like?

  • Can I see the whole blanket, spread out on a bed?

  • I would like to be able to see the whole pattern in a photo



You may have thought the same. Our photos are not perfect — they could be better!

But, we are a small, family business, using the resources we have to do the best job that we can. Let’s go behind the camera to understand more about how we take photos, and how you can better understand what you’re looking at when you see the photos on a dignify product page.

Limitations of our Small Business

Bigger online retailers, like Anthropologie, can rent or own a large space with a brick wall backdrop, white-washed rooms, even full beds & furniture along with many options for styling. At this time, we are limited to, er, the rooms of the house *in which I live*... We have a dedicated office & “warehouse” space where we store all of the blankets & work. All of our photo shoots take place in my dining room, with the furniture moved, the floor mopped, and a white vinyl background affixed to my ceiling beams. 

 

 

First: Understanding Saris

Our classic kantha throws are made based on the size of a standard, cotton sari. These pieces of cloth are used as everyday clothing for many women in Bangladesh, particularly outside of urban settings. 

A sari is 12 feet long (!) of printed, thin, muslin cotton. At one end of the sari, there is typically a section about 20-30 inches from the end where the print is different. This is the special pattern that is highlighted on the drape when a sari is fully tied (you can understand more about how a woman wraps this long textile around her body from many video tutorials!)

↑ This is a photo of a completed, classic kantha throw. The pink sari used for this blanket was twice as long — if these hands were holding the entire sari, it would extend to the right (with a continuation of the same floral pattern) for another 6+ feet.

You can see the left end features a change to the pattern; it is the same color, but the print is unique from the rest of the pattern. This is the special feature end for the sari's drape (that I referred to above). Almost every one of our finished, classic throws will have an end (20-30 inches of the 80" total length) like this on only one side.

 

Here is another completed kantha throw. But, in this photo, we are looking at the side that does not have a feature end. In this example, the back side of the throw would have a different pattern— let's say it is orange with tiny florals — and that back side would have a unique print featured on 20-30 inches of the end.

 

Two classic throws are produced from every matched pair of two saris