Kantha Overlay in Shade 4
The Nila x Anna Valentine textured kantha overlay is a highly wearable, yet finely crafted piece. You can wear this piece as a fine jacket, thrown over jeans or the Pocket Culottes and sneakers, or buttoned up as an elegant dress. This archive shape from Anna's studio has been re-interpreted using the intricate craft of kantha - running stitch embroidery traditionally used to create quilts out of repurposed saris. Kantha panels on the front and back torso are patched onto the flowing cotton to add texture and rawness. Three layers of cotton were used for these panels, hand-stitched together by rural women in West Bengal. The cotton used throughout the piece was handwoven on specialised looms in Karnataka. Once the overlays were completed, they were dipped five times into natural indigo vats in Maharashtra over six days. Dipping a precious garment into the vat to distribute the indigo dye takes incredible skill, especially when you have large surface areas to dye evenly.
This is another completely versatile and timeless staple of the collection. You may want to pass it down through generations, as is common practice with the more traditional kantha quilts, considered family heirlooms.
100% handwoven cotton
Hand wash gently with cold water and line dry in the shade. Natural indigo is a millennia-old plant dye. The alchemy of earth, water; air, and indigo leaves creates an unpredictable beauty.
Please handle this precious piece with care, and it may last you a lifetime. Wash separately for the first few washes. The rich natural colour may fade slightly over time, with exposure to direct sunlight.
Domestic: Delivery in 2-3 weeks.
International: Delivery in 3-4 weeks.
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