A lightweight, oversized and open-fronted duster coat. The outer is hand woven tussar silk with all-over hand embroidered kantha. The kantha, a traditional folk stitch, has been reimagined in a contemporary geometric pattern. This piece is fully lined with a soft, white silk-cotton.
Our free sizing is intended to compliment most body shapes and sizes. The fabric gives a beautiful drape to the modern box shape and oversized, dropped sleeves. We love wearing it with the sleeves folded up to hit just below the elbow. Some pieces may feint tracing lines of the pattern, which will wear out.
This style features:
- Oversized jacket with open front and full-length sleeves
- Kimono-style collar
- Mid-calf length
- Fully lined
Material & Care
100% silk. We recommend dry-cleaning.
One size. Length measures 112cm (44"). Will comfortably fit S/M, M, L and XL sizes.
Kantha Tussar Silk Duster | rani pink
The creation of our kantha is a lengthy process, laboriously undertaken in the verdant villages of rural West Bengal. Under the auspices or 60 year old Takdira Begum, a national awardee for her kantha work, 100 skilled women artisans hand embroider this beautiful fabric.
The first step in this process is the design of the pattern to be embroidered, which is then drawn onto tracing paper. This is done by Takdira Begum. Next, the lines of the pattern are punctured with a pin and the paper is then laid over the silk fabric. A paste of chalk and turpentine is then rubbed over the paper, and seeps through the small pin-holes onto the fabric below.
Now the silk has the pattern lines traced onto it. It's ironed and distributed amongst the artisans who take it home and stitch the kantha. Once complete, the fabric is hand washed several times to remove any stains and the tracing lines. Any variations or irregularities are part of the design and inherent to the production process.
- Eco: entirely hand made processes mean this item is eco-friendly. All materials are natural and thus bio-degradable.
- Women empowerment: handwork exclusively by women from highly marginalised communities. This work provides their only opportunity for earning income in their villages. The home-based work is suitable for all women and prevents urban migration.
- Ethical: garments are stitched in our Delhi workshop where workers receive well above the minimum wage and enjoy flexible, safe and comfortable working conditions.
- Responsible design: maintaining highest quality levels and use of traditional techniques and motifs ensures this ancient skill is preserved.