Over Dye Quilt - Sharimbai
These vintage Kantha blankets from Eastern India are brown due to the extensive natural over-dye treatment they received in Japan's southern most islands of Amami. The dye used is called 'sharimbai', a traditional red wood dye that can turn fabrics a rich dark brown. The history of Kantha blankets dates back centuries in India, where Indian women would stitch together old saris and old fabric to create large blankets and cushions. Kantha is the sanskrit would for 'Rags', as old cloth was believed to provide protection from harm. These Kanthas blankets produced by Light Years and made from 2 to 5 layers of saris stacked on top of each other, all hand- stitched to create a soft and slight cushion. These blankets are sourced in India and then brought to Japan, where they carefully dyed to preserve and instill new life.
Each over-dyed blanket is one of a kind. There may be uneveness in the natural dye, and the back and front of the blankets show different patterns. There variations show the character of the blanket and are a sign of beauty.
The craft of making and constructing Kantha blankets originated in West Bengal, Eastern India.
Approximately 83'' x 59''
Layers of vintage cotton saris from India in mud dye
Wash cold or warm water with no soap or detergent. You can either hand-wash or use the gentle cycle on your machine. Do no use a machine dryer. Hang dry only. The color will fade little by little over time because of the natural dye used. These care instructions are similar to that of caring for vintage denim.
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Vintage items like these blankets are Final Sale.