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Why we love them: Kanthas are just Bright, happy colors! Wildly intricate hand-stitching! An exotic place of
origin! What’s not to love? One of these South Asian blankets will add just the right amount of oomph your
home needs in the sunshiny months ahead.
Where they’re from: Kanthas originate in Bangladesh and the eastern states of India, where women stitch
together layer upon layer of old saris and tossed-aside cloth scraps to create thin throws used as blankets
How you say it: KAHN-taa
Where you’ve seen them: Some of our favorite ecommerce sites such as jaipurhandloom.com have
amassed an enviable collection of kanthas, which show up laid, draped, and folded in effortlessly cool ways
around their equally enviable homes.
Fun fact: Kanthassport different patterns on each side, and who doesn’t love a good two-for-one deal?
Naturally, as quilts, they’re overnight sensations. But blanketing your bed is not all they can do. Below are
four more reasons you should covet a kantha.
They Dress Up Accent Pieces. – Poufs and Ottomans
Some ottomans and benches come already upholstered in kantha fabric. But if you’re the hands-on type
who loves nothing more than a crafternoon, do what one of our favourite bloggers, stylist Manju, did and
stitch up a slipcover of your own, an especially nice touch alongside a creamy white couch
Prettily patterned and thin enough that they won’t make drink glasses wobble, kanthas are like the
cornerstones in the building blocks of a festive table setting. Spread one across your entire table, or fold it in
thirds as a runner under big platters of food you’ll pass family-style. And it (almost) goes without saying that
they make vibrant picnic blankets for alfresco gatherings.
They’re Perfect as Pillow Covers
With their poppy prints and bright colorways, kanthas were made to cover throw pillows. You can buy
pillows already clad in kantha fabric, or take a quilt to your local seamstress and have it sewn into pillows.
Toss a few on the floor with an oversize cushion and—voilà!—a kid-level lounge pad fit for a laid-back adult.
Laying a kantha over the arm of your couch or love seat adds temporary color and pattern to your living
room and ensures that you have a light cover at the ready when popcorn and a movie come calling. Take it a
step further by actually tucking a quilt around your seat’s cushions to give it an instant update without all-