Kantha Silk ShawlMarcy Tilton Fabrics
Vintage silk saris pieced and stitched into stunning shawls. When I admired the one my supplier was wearing, she took it off and gave it to me. Not only was I touched, I carried it and wore it all the time the rest of the trip - in air conditioned rooms, over my pj's in the morning, to add a dash of color to my mostly black clothes, on the airplane, and at home I keep it on my bed to toss on whenever and because the colors delight me. I asked if more are available and ordered 50 to test the waters - these sold out right away, so this time we have 90+ in stock, with new colors, just in time for the holidays.
No two alike, each one beautiful. The colored patchwork is different on each one, but the color of the vintage sari on the back differs - the back side is a solid piece, in various colors, some bright, some soft - and some of the soft neutrals have a border along the edge. When wrapped, the colors mix, take on a new harmonious rainbow effect and light up the wearer. We have sorted according to the color on the back side, but this is a very loose sorting, some are multi-colored. Truly, you could pick blindfolded and be delighted with the choice! Photos are shown as examples as we have many in stock and each is different.
I asked the vendor to keep the loose threads at the ends - she was going to have them cut, but I find that is part of the charm. Wear as-is, or buy more than one and consider as fabric to sew a jacket, vest, top... In Santa Fe, one of my favorite shops carries jackets made by 2 different designers using Kantha cloth that sell in the thousand dollar range. If you are buying more than one to use in a garment, please let us know so (if possible), we can choose them for harmony.