Vintage Kantha Waistcoat
Muted aubergine tone with stunning white kantha stitch running through out with the most beautiful contrast lining.
Made from pieces of vintage kantha quilt patterns. Each with unique hand embroidery stitches.
Up cycled kantha stitched textile quilted waistcoat.
Designed for you to layer over t shirts, dresses and jackets. A super versatile waistcoat that brings with it a wealth of beautiful stitch work you will marvel over. I know I do!
Giving you a piece of indian history to treasure and take on your journeys.
Each kantha waistcoat is listed individually due to its super unique one-of-a-kind quality.
Free delivery on this jacket.
Relaxed boxy fit
( we are planning a new batch that will have small, medium and large sizes so do check back if we don’t have your size today)
Fits UK size 8-14
Armpit to armpit – 61cm / 24 inch
Length from shoulder 23 inch / 58cm
Two front patch pockets
100% repurposed vintage textiles.
Sourced and sewn in Jaipur, India.
Each batch of kantha waistcoats are hand picked by lisa with Kartik in Jaipur.
Small batch production.
High quality craftsmanship.
Low environmental impact.
Each quilt is between 30-100 years old.
Variations in pattern – making each jacket one of a kind.
The family that cuts and stitches our jackets are third generation master tailors who take great pride and care in their work.
Each jacket has its own unique kantha stitch style covering its entirety.
Made in small limited edition batches.
Order now while this one is still in stock.
What is Kantha?
Kantha is a style of stitching found in Indian embroidery, traditionally found in Bangladesh, Bengal, Odisha and Tripura.
Classically created originally by stacking old saris onto each other and hand stitching them together using a simple running stitch to make a thin cushioned layer. Traditionally Bengali women layered together old discarded saris and clothing with the simple kantha style stitching to make a bedspread or bed cushion.
Kantha stitched embroidery is one of the most important textile arts in Eastern india. It can be traced back 500 years as a way the Bengalis recycled old saris, dhotis and household textiles. By using the kantha technique they up-cycled their old textiles into quilts for warmth and comfort. Even the yarn used to make the embroidery was salvaged from the other textiles and clothing.