What It Is: The Kantha Stitch Saree

Who knew one designer saree could take you around the world? This week we're heading back to Bangladesh to explore yet another gorgeous style from the region. Much like the Jamdani Saree, the Kantha Stitch Saree is exclusive to West Bengal and refers to the “kantha stitch," a particular style of embroidery.

What makes this type of embroidery so unique? It's not your everyday, run-of-the-mill stitch. Originally, the Kantha stitch was used to make quilts from recycled sarees. Women would layer and stitch old sarees together. But unlike a regular stitch, these layers were joined by embroidering patterns, resulting in an artistic and visually stunning quilt. Since this time, the medium has evolved from the everyday to the haute couture, with the intricate and colourful embroidery a staple in ethnic wear, including designer sarees.

Similar to the Jamdani Saree, sarees with kantha embroidery are extraordinary. Creating each individual designer saree is an intricate and laborious process, with seamstresses first drawing and then stitching the designs by hand. Tussar and Silk sarees can take up to five months to make, while cotton—as a more lightweight and breathable option—takes up to 30 days. This process isn't only bougie and environmentally sustainable, but also means that every kantha stitch saree is unique in some way. Even better? This process is typically practiced by rural women, allowing them to implement their skills and earn money independently, while allowing the wearer to support women and be the definition of #girlgoals. In an era of mass production and in a society *obsessed* with trends and fast fashion, the kantha stitch saree is an anomaly.

With three types of kantha stitch sarees to choose from: tussar, silk and cotton, there's *literally* a saree for every mood and occasion. And although you may be hesitant to take the plunge and purchase—these sarees can run a bit pricey–there's history and individuality within every piece. And that's priceless.

Feel like you're caught up? Put your knowledge to the test. Check out our plethora of Kantha Stitch Sarees, available exclusively on ShopBollyWear.com. We've got the perfect designer saree. All that's missing? You!

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