Large Kantha Quilt - Cactus Flower
Made by Basha
This kantha quilt is made of layers of vintage cotton saris, hand-stitched together by women in Bangladesh using a traditional kantha stitch. Each blanket includes the hand-stitched name of the artisan who made it.
* Approximately 94" x 100" (Standard US King Size is 96" x 110")
* Pattern on front, white on back
* Machine wash in cold water & tumble dry low
* As with all handmade items, slight variations will occur
Basha’s high quality, unique kantha products are handmade by at-risk women and survivors of 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.
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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.
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.
Sitting on the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh shares its borders with India, Nepal and Burma. With a population of 152 million, Bangladesh is the world’s 8th most populated country. It is also a very densely populated country, with a poverty rate of 31.5%. After 15 years under military rule, democracy was restored in Bangladesh in 1990, however the political scene remains volatile. Girls now outnumber boys in primary schools because of effective education policy that has been implemented. Yet, Bangladesh has the highest rate of marriage in the world for girls under 15. In 2013, thousands of workers were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed, which has led to some progress in ensuring better safety regulations in garment factories.
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