Kantha Quilts-I love a good sari, I mean story!

Hello! I hope you all had a great couple of weeks of holiday festivities! One more to go…. I tend to say yes to every invitation so it’s been a bit hectic, but super fun around here. My always stylish mother, gave me a Kantha quilt for Christmas!

Kantha Both Sides

Both sides of the same Kantha quilt

I’ve seen these around and loved the stitching and the boho style for a couple of years, but didn’t know the story. In fact, I bought a bedspread in this style on massive mark down at Anthropologie a couple of years ago! It never smelled right, though, so had to move on…. but thanks to mom, I’ve got one again and it smells lovely.

Kantha (pronounced Kahn-ta) is a style of quilting with hand stitches that uses recycled saris and other fabric scraps. This method creates bright and beautiful patchwork pieces unified by running stitches.

Kantha Pillows PL

Pillows made from Kantha quilts

Mr. Lark and I were fortunate enough to spend a month in India some years ago and I was a bit crazed by the saris women wear. We were in some very dry places and the colors of the country were quite muted there, but women everywhere had on beautiful and bright jewel toned saris. It was mesmerizing to see women carrying water through the desert in a riot of color.

Kantha quilts are bright and colorful and different on both sides. The sizes vary but they’re well sized for lots of uses. They’re great throws for the sofa or end of the bed.

Kantha Master PL

Kantha Quilt (at foot of bed) and Pillows


They are beautiful as table cloths and quite forgiving since the lack of perfection is part of their charm.

Lauren Liess Kantha Table Cloth

Kantha quilt as table cloth-from Lauren Liess’s Thanksgiving Table

And I’d love to find an empty wall and use one as a wall hanging…. hmm….

Kantha Quilt Fabrics PL

Three different fabrics on one Kantha quilt

We got ours at Lauren Liess in Fall Church, VA, and I’ve seen them all over the internet with prices from $80-over $300. If you’re buying a real vintage quilt, each one is different and some are in better condition than others, so I would see it and feel it (and smell it) if you can. I’ve actually noticed the same smell my Anthro quilt had at another store that specializes in printed fabrics and linens from India, so it may be a dye or something commonly used on newer linens.

3 Comments on Kantha Quilts-I love a good sari, I mean story!

  1. judy
    December 26, 2014 at 10:28 am (3 years ago)

    Judy: I love these covers. They have had really pretty color combinations @ Tuesday Morning but never in a King Size. I am enjoying your Blog-don’t know how I found you-but the name is intriguing.

    • Ali
      December 26, 2014 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Judy,
      Thanks for the encouragement. I’m learning as I go! When I was researching for this post, I saw some king sized Kantha quilts on etsy if you’re really looking. Thanks for reading!

  2. rochelle claypoole
    December 26, 2014 at 10:05 pm (3 years ago)

    Mr. Lark! Does he know?


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