Kantha quilts are a
traditional textile found in abundance in India. They
are made from layers of worn cotton saris, sewn
together with a distinctive, allover running stitch. Artisans
transform the fabric scraps into beads for jewelry, which
provides new life to a textile that is often discarded. Each
Kantha bead has a base made of wood, carved out of scraps
gathered from a local furniture factory. We, and the artisans,
love sustainable sourcing!
Artisans then hand cover each
wooden bead with a colorful piece of Kantha fabric, attaching
them securely with a safe adhesive. Excess fabric is
trimmed off, and the bead is complete.
Once a number of beads have
been crafted, they are strung together into a necklace, wrapped
with wire and added into a cuff bracelet, or transformed into an
earring, often incorporating modern elements like metallic
paillettes, brass metal accent beads, or mixed-metal seed
beads. Artisans assort the beads so the final piece of
jewelry has a unique array of colors and patterns.
The result is a Kantha design as unique as the artisan that