Khushi Kantha (‘Happy Blanket’) sells beautiful, vibrant, multi-purpose baby blankets made from reclaimed and ethically-sourced cotton. Hand-stitched by mothers in Bangladesh, each blanket sold helps a struggling mother to provide for her children with dignity. By purchasing a Khushi Kantha blanket for your baby, you will be creating an opportunity for another woman to support her family – Mother to Mother.
FROM TAKE-MAKE-WASTE TO RECLAIM-REPURPOSE-REUSE
‘Kantha’ (which translates as “stitched cloth”) refers to the Bengali tradition of mothers repurposing their old cotton saris to create ultra-soft, multi-layered blankets for their babies.
Khushi Kantha is reworking the ‘kantha’ approach to meet global hygiene and safety standards, while retaining the principles of ‘reclaim-repurpose-reuse’ and bringing the cultural heritage of Bangladesh to a wider audience.
Bangladesh is famous for its garments sector. Sadly, lots of fabric gets wasted at various stages of the supply chain. Khushi Kantha is collaborating with sustainability-minded members of the industry to rescue ‘deadstock’ fabric and use it for the inside layers of their blankets.
Handmade with love, each Khushi Kantha is totally unique and takes up to 20 hours to stitch.
As practical as they are pretty, the blankets can be used for pretty much every item on a parents’ daily to-do list – from swaddling a newborn, which means you can ‘buy less and buy better.’ Besides being used as a blanket in the nursery/pram, they can function as mini playmats both inside the home and on the go, be used as a breastfeeding cover or a sunshade, and keep a little one snug in a sling on outdoor adventures, and even serve as a make-shift changing mat when the need arises! As your child grows up, they can cuddle up on the sofa with a Khushi Kantha and use them in all sorts of imaginative play.
Founder of Khushi Kantha Laura Rana says: Our exquisitely hand-crafted blankets are made to last and do not compromise on quality. Instilled with the strength of the mothers who create them, we design them to withstand the daily wear-and-tear of life with little ones and be treasured from child to child. Reviving and repurposing the age-old Bangladesh ‘kantha’ tradition, we breathe new life into everything we do, from rescuing deadstock fabric from the Bangladeshi garments industry, to revitalising local economies.
When you become a mother, you become part of a global community of women who want to do all that they can to give their children the best start in life. We continually reflect on how we can use the collaborative power of community to build better futures for everyone. We want the words ‘Made in Bangladesh’ to be a statement of hope, pride and happiness.
To pre-order your Khushi Kantha blanket before the campaign launches, click here: KhushiKantha.com/buyablanket
www.crowdfunder.co.uk/khushikantha (page will go live on 22nd April)