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Kantha Cloth by Valori Wells for Free Spirit

Traditionally, Kantha was handmade by women and passed down from generation to generation, much like a lovely pieced quilt. Kantha is an incredibly old technique that originated in Bangladesh and West Bengal and was made from sarees and other garments that were no longer wearable. "Kontha" is a Sanskrit word meaning "rags", which were believed to keep people safe from harm.

Valori has traveled extensively to Indonesia and Morocco where she has absolutely fallen in love with these countries, their cultures, and the people. The colors, the architecture, and the artisan traditions have all tremendously inspired and influenced her work including the prints in the patchwork of this collection. The prints featured are derived from Val's hand-carved blocks she uses to create hand-stamped, block printed fabrics, These hand-stamped fabrics are then hand-stitched by skilled artisans, from small villages in one area of India, who are versed in the traditions of Kantha. These talented women earn a fair wage to use their skills, true to the craft, combining this age-old tradition with the patchwork fabrics.
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