কাঁথা kantha, hand quilted recycled saris for generations, and still now, are made by women into well-loved family blankets, cosy baby wraps, special place settings for guests, and more. Traditional craft skills certainly endure because they’re beautiful and practical, but equally important is … they’re sustainable.
Developed for conscious designers this beautiful fabric, hand stitched by savvy women, can be part of your next collection or interior project. Inspired by their resourcefulness, this is a single 5 yard* length with 2 layers of sari and a pre-shrunk, new cotton backing to improve its strength for machine stitching.
You can order variations in colour, thickness and length. Drop us a line for more info.
* The price is set for a single piece of approx. 5 yards.
Due to the nature of recycled materials, the final length will be between 4.75 and 5.5 yds long.
This piece, MT1201 – Lilac, is 5yds.
DYES – No new dyes are used in these recycled sari lengths, unless specifically requested for over-dyeing.
PRODUCTION – Member of ECOTA Fair Trade Forum, the national fair trade accreditation in Bangladesh
Ethically minded brands create with total peace of mind using our মাটি | Mati collection of sustainable fabrics. Mati in Bengali means earth, the source of all plant-based fibres & dyes, and the place they’ll return to. Always.
DESIGN OPTIONS: The stunning variety of recycled cotton saris means that no two 5yd fabric pieces are alike. However, if for your collection you need more yardage of a single colour or style we can very likely make it work! For example:
– let us know you want to work with blues and we’ll send pics of available saris for your selection, ready to be stitched into your fabric.
– various saris can also be cut and pieced into geometric shapes to create a patchwork length of fabric up to approx 20yds.
– over-dyeing the saris before production creates a beautiful tonal range of the main colour. Natural dyes work particularly well.
– combined with other artisanal craft skills many other options are available – let’s chat!
Your personal fabric range is absolutely possible! Motif’s founder Jackie Corlett is an experienced artisanal textile designer who’s lived and worked with professional makers in Bangladesh and elsewhere since 1989. Register for a trade account or simply scroll down, join our list, download the simple 5 STEPS to Design & Produce Your Sustainable Handwoven Fabric and let’s get started!
As we are committed to the Slow Fashion Movement, fabrics are transported by sea to leave a significantly smaller carbon footprint than sending by air and to keep the fabric cost down. If needed however, an air shipment can be arranged. We encourage you then to consider a carbon offset donation to your preferred organisation.