Modern Floral on Ombre Velvet: A Kantha-Boro story

Last year, I threw myself into sewing a series of Kantha-inspired items. I’d blogged about a couple of them, then got a wee bit sidetracked by The Universe and immersed myself in the Law of Attraction and the practice of Gratitude. That was followed by Thirty Days of Gratitude, for which of course I am most grateful for 😊.

And now the time has come once again to pick up the threads where I’d left off previously, excuse the pun.

You can purchase this handmade, handsewn piece of Kantha-Boro, directly from my Etsy store here.

Description: This item is entirely handsewn, using fabric remnants and other recycled/reused/repurposed elements. My Kantha-Boro pieces can be used as scarves, table runners or wall hangings. Owing to the nature of handsewing and the Japanese Mottainai principle of “Waste not, want not”, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind, with any imperfections in the fabrics or stitches forming part of the Wabi-Sabi ethos of being perfectly imperfect.


Style: Kantha-Boro. Indian Kantha running stitches in parallel rows, embroidered over Japanese Boro-style fabric remnants, which are simply pinned in place before oversewing.


Colours: The fabric for this piece reminds me of Amy Butler’s designs, a colourful and fresh take on florals. I’ve used a thrifted ombre velvet scarf as the back, it graduates from black through silver and back to black again, with black fringing at both ends. Very bohemian, indeed!


Dimensions: 70 x 7.5 inches (178 x 19 cm)


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