THE TECHNIQUE : KANTHA
For centuries, Bengali women have recycled old saris into beautiful textiles by sewing them together into new creations. This traditional technique is known as kantha. Today, Basha in Bangladesh employs talented women who have mastered this technique to produce beautiful, functional textiles. By pairing contrasting saris, Basha creates striking and unique pieces with a rich history.
Each one-of-a-kind kantha piece is hand-stitched by at-risk women and survivors of trafficking in Bangladesh. Depending on the size and complexity of the piece, each blanket can take anything from two to thirty-nine hours to complete. In addition to a fair wage, Basha provides its artisans with training and rehabilitation programs, medical support, literacy and life skills training, and day care assistance for their children.
Basha’s high quality, unique kantha products are handmade by at-risk women and survivors of human sex trafficking in Bangladesh. The women artisans complete a training and rehabilitation program prior to beginning work. Basha provides weekly trainings, including literacy and life skills programs. The artisans also receive medical support, counseling, and day care assistance for their children.