all kantha! chapter four

Recently, I came across a batch of badly worn quilts - the kind where the uppermost sari layers are peeling off like old paint. This happens when Kantha quilts are made from very delicate fabrics and subsequently exposed to a lot of friction. At first, the fabric only peels between stitches, but over time, entire layers can be removed, with the layer below shining through. Luckily, there are quite a few layers!

shabby quilt

While some of these Kantha throws may look simply look shabby, others reveal most beautiful and random combinations of colours and patterns. 

If you own a quilt or any other Kantha product, you might notice that it undergoes a certain metamorphosis over time, whether you like it or not! I have used Kantha quilts for about everything. Besides the bags I make from quilts, I have used them for cushion covers on the sofa and for upholstering chairs. As we use the cushions and chairs constantly, the upper layers have started to peel off pretty instantly. I am actually not yet sure, whether I like the result or not!

kantha cushions
kantha chair

In any event, here are some examples of "shabby" Kantha quilts that, in my view, have revealed their true beauty by shedding a couple of fabric layers. Mostly, the peeling occurs on one side much more that the other. These Kantha throws are soon to be available in my store and at fairlyworn.etsy.com

shabby quilt
shabby quilt
shabby quilt
shabby quilt