In the paddy fields surrounding the city of Kolkata is a small workshop dedicated to the art of kantha stitching. Run by a Fair Trade cooperative, the women who work here are able to practice traditional techniques and support their families. Above the workshop is a small school, where local girls are taught the techniques of stitching and tailoring. TOAST has been working with Sasha for over ten years to create garments, homewares and accessories.
Top layer of handwoven ikat, kantha stitched by hand to several inner layers of recycled sari cloth. Cotton mul mul reverse.
Dry clean. 100% cotton.
Made in India by small groups of men and women who work in collaboration with a fair trade organisation that supports them in business and marketing. Being handmade, no two are the same.
220 x 220cm.
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Ikat is an age-old technique of patterning cloth. The word itself derives from the Malay-Indonesian ‘mengikat’, meaning to tie or bind.
The making of the pattern consists in the precise tying and dying of the threads before weaving. It’s a process demanding skill, patience, organisation and precision yet its beauty, antithetically, lies in the impossibility of perfect execution and the consequent hazy, slightly blurred edges of the motifs.