When Uncommon Goods asked me to review the handmade Kantha Blanket that is available through their online marketplace, I was delighted. Uncommon Goods, which sells unique and unusual goods—several of which are handmade—is a frequent destination for me when searching for a unique gift. When the Kantha Blanket arrived, I knew it was great find I wanted to share with E*H readers.
These blankets are handmade from upcycled vintage saris by artisans working under fair-trade practices in India. The saris are cut into strips and then hand stitched together with others to create a beautiful, lightweight blanket, each of which is unique and one-of-a-kind. The sari swatches are sewn together using kantha stitching, a crafting technique passed down for generations. I thought the stitching, shown above, was both visually beautiful but also gave the blanket an enjoyable quilt-like feel.
The blankets feature two patterns, one for each side, which made it versatile in my home, as you can see from the pictures above (click pictures above for larger views). As I have used the blanket, I have also been impressed by its ability to warm me up in cooler temperatures but adapt to be the perfect, cool lightweight throw when I only need a little bit of warmth.
This is a truly special blanket that I am excited to share with E*H readers. It is a handmade and environmentally friendly addition to my home. I also think it is a unique gift for friends and family alike that I will be sure to be keeping in mind. Click here to view additional exceptional handmade items from Uncommon Goods.