Indu Verma's Profile

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Hello! I'm an Indian who have returned to her roots after seveal years of traveling and working around the world. Nothing fascinates me as much as my own land. The colours, the sounds, the textiles, the culture and the tradition - I simply love it all and am happy to be back and enjoy them.

And then I fell in love with Kantha. Yet again! For years, while growing up, I have seen my mom spinning magic with her old saris, threads and needlework. I remember her first lesson from our local maid when we were in Calcutta years back, and I remember the first Kantha quilt that she made. After my return back to my native land, I knew, I had to get back to doing just this - spin stories out of these vintage, old saris. And boy, do I enjoy doing it.

These vibrant quilt, shawls and bags all are made from vintage and old cotton and…

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  • Joined December 28, 2011

Favorite materials

Cotton, Silk, Sari

About

Hello! I'm an Indian who have returned to her roots after seveal years of traveling and working around the world. Nothing fascinates me as much as my own land. The colours, the sounds, the textiles, the culture and the tradition - I simply love it all and am happy to be back and enjoy them.

And then I fell in love with Kantha. Yet again! For years, while growing up, I have seen my mom spinning magic with her old saris, threads and needlework. I remember her first lesson from our local maid when we were in Calcutta years back, and I remember the first Kantha quilt that she made. After my return back to my native land, I knew, I had to get back to doing just this - spin stories out of these vintage, old saris. And boy, do I enjoy doing it.

These vibrant quilt, shawls and bags all are made from vintage and old cotton and sometimes silk fabrics. The quilts are layers of vintage saris joined together in simple running stitches. They are light, breezy, colorful and unique. The shawls too are made using old fabric pieces stitched in a similar fashion. As for the bags, patches of old cotton and silk saris are pieced together and lined in cotton.Of course, there is also the newer version of Kantha - the tropical Kantha listed in my store. The quilts are made of newer cotton fabric, but the process remains pretty much the same.

My collaborators are my mom - Sarada and my aunts - Kanakam, Sukumari and Hima. And my husband Manu. Here's some high level details to the process of Kantha quilting ...
- Collect repurposed vintage saris that are very old and made of cotton fabric
- Wash, dry and iron the saris
- Design a pattern and decide the saris that will be used
- Layer them on the ground and smooth them out to avoid creases
- Cut them into required sizes
- Hand stitch running stitches lengthwise and around the edges
- Iron and fold

For quilts, we use only cotton. The thickness of the quilt may vary - we typically use 2-4 saris and at times upto 6. For shawls and bags we use both cotton and a blend of both cotton and silk fabrics.

Please follow my blog at: http://justkantha.blogspot.com/

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