Small Kantha Quilt - No. 296
Made in Bangladesh
by women who have survived trafficking
Cozy up with this one-of-a-kind blanket. This beautiful quilt is made with layers of vintage cotton saris, hand-sewn together by a traditional kantha stitch. Each blanket includes the hand-stitched name of the woman who made it. Every purchase empowers women working with Basha in Bangladesh and who are survivors of human trafficking and abuse.
Handmade Kantha Quilt | Fair Trade | The Little Market
As with all handmade items, no two pieces are the same. Variations in size, color, and design will occur.
- Approximately 70" x 80"
- Fits Twin Size bed
- Machine wash in cold water & tumble dry low
- Kanthas are made of layers of fabric hand-stitched together using repurposed fabrics. This quilt boasts two sides featuring two different beautiful patterns. You will never find the same fabric twice. Each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.
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.
Old saris are stacked on each other and hand-stitched. The artisan begins the process begins by cutting the sari into small sections. The pieces of colorful fabric are layered and basted together before sewing. The artisan arranges the fabric into rows before beginning the kantha stitching. Uniformly visible stitches are signature to Kantha, and the artisans take great care to ensure that each hand-stitch is consistent in size. This technique allows for ample creative freedom, and is often referred to as free-style embroidery, as each piece showcases a unique pattern.
Each one-of-a-kind kantha blanket we currently carry is hand-stitched by at-risk women and survivors of trafficking at Basha in Bangladesh. Depending on the size and complexity of the piece, each blanket can take anything from two to 39 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.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.