How warm/heavy are the blankets? What do they feel like?
We have been told that the kantha quilts are a perfect, versatile warmth: not too heavy in the summer, great to wrap around your body, fold on your lap (for double thickness & more warmth), or cover from shoulders to toes. They are perfect for travel, as they pack fairly small and are lightweight, but warm and cozy on an airplane or a long road-trip.
Because the cotton sari cloth is repurposed, the kantha quilts are very, very soft. Imagine a lightweight, muslin fabric, scarf, or swaddle cloth: our blankets are six layers of that soft, thin cloth stitched together.
Our white collection have a heavier weight & thickness than the standard kantha: about 1.6x as heavy.
What about washing them?
The cotton saris are washed before making the blankets, then the finished blanket is washed (without scent) directly before shipping from Bangladesh. The finished silk blend throws are dry cleaned prior to shipping. If there is any remaining scent, simply throw it in the wash (cold, gentle, tumble on low) or hang it out to air (or dry clean for silk blends).
At home, the cotton quilts will not warp or change with washing, nor the heat of a dryer. Gentle and limited washing are recommended to extend the life of the blanket from wear.