First Look: Lauren Conrad's New Kantha Textile Collection
In addition to her thriving fashion label, Lauren Conrad is the co-founder of a growing global shop, The Little Market, which sells beautiful lifestyle accents, home décor, and fashion accessories made by artisans in developing nations. Today, Conrad and her partner and friend Hannah Skvarla give us an exclusive first look at their new kantha textile collection.
We are crazy about kanthas at The Little Market! Kantha quilts are known worldwide for their beauty and rich tradition. We just added a variety of one-of-a-kind kantha pieces to our site, including pillows, little blankets, quilts, and throws. Every piece has a unique pattern and is a wonderful addition to any home.
Our kantha pieces are handmade by women from layers of sari cloth—the construction style has a history going back thousands of years. Kantha refers to the type of stitch used to embroider each beautiful piece. The bright patterns, borders, and motifs make each piece an exquisite work of art. The amount of time required to make each piece varies, but as an example, it takes approximately 12 hours to stitch just one of our little kantha blankets.
The kantha pieces we currently carry at The Little Market come from Bangladesh and India. Bangladesh has a vast culture and a deeply rooted heritage, which is thoroughly reflected in its architecture, dance, literature, music, clothing, and its arts and crafts. One of the pieces most representative of Bangladesh is the Nakshi kantha (embroidered quilt). In general, the rural women of the country put together pieces of cloth with crafty stitches, so the quilts to be used in the winter.
India’s combination of spiritual depth, unmatched physical beauty, and cultural diversity makes the country one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. In rural parts of India, kanthas represent a way of welcoming guests into the home.
Every purchase of a kantha piece from The Little Market supports steady employment and safe working conditions for women who have been in vulnerable situations in Bangladesh and India. These are women who have been living on the street or victims of sex trafficking. They are given professional and educational opportunities that include training in textiles.
At The Little Market, we work to build sustainable partnerships with artisans around the world by connecting them with customers through an online marketplace. When you use your kantha in your home, you are reminded that your purchase is making a difference in the home of the artisan who made it. To see our complete collection and learn more about the artisans we work with, please visit our website.
Do you love the styles of these kanthas? Tell us where you’d use them in your home in the comments below.