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Our Courageous Artisans

Our Courageous Artisans


Each kantha at Hand & Cloth is handmade by our partners in Bangladesh. Bangladesh’s pervasive gender discrimination creates vulnerabilities for women. Girls are often considered to be financial burdens on their family from the time of birth and receive less investment in healthcare and education. Because of this, girls and women often fall victim to abuse, child marriage, adolescent motherhood, violence, slavery, or trafficking. Basha, one of our partners, offers dignified work to women and these amazing women use their talents and skills to create beautiful kanthas. Here is one of their courageous stories...

The Beginnings of the Kantha Tradition...

The Beginnings of the Kantha Tradition...

We are completely charmed by the history of kantha! The tradition of kantha begins with the thrift of the Bengali women. For centuries, Bengali women have taken their discarded cloth and sewn it together with a simple running stitch to make a blanket.  The functional kantha dorokha (“two-sided quilt”) was not a work of art, but simply what the poorest families used to keep warm...