Kantha (meaning: “patched cloth”) refers to both the tradition of producing these unique, quilted blankets (making something useful and beautiful out of discarded items), as well as the craft and stitch itself (a small, straight running stitch in Bengali embroidery).
Today, the rich tradition of kantha has gained popularity in the West; no surprise, given the beauty, intricacy, and "wow" factor of each piece.
There is a wide range of quality, craftsmanship, and employment standards that produce similar-seeming kantha products. How can you know which is the best? Is the value worth the cost?
Here are some guidelines to keep in mind as you shop for kantha: