Kantha or kanta embroidery is a sewing technique from Bangladesh. Kantha consists of simple embroidery stitches, an even row of front stitches (up-and-down stitches) and is a very old technique. Depending on how the stitch is used, kanthan creates complex patterns. From the beginning, the stitch was for joining old saris to become quilts. The embroidery technique was revived in the 1970s when some women started embroidery groups in Bangladesh. (Wikipedia) Kantha quilts can be used in many ways as you see below! All my quilts are made from recycled saris, which means that there may be stains and patches - this should not be seen as a flaw but is part of their unique charm and auteticity. All quilts are washed once by me before they are sent.
The pillows are sewn by girls in Ghana who receive their seamstress training through Hedzole, a subdivision of the B.A.S.I.C. International in Accra, or TUMI in Kumasi. Both organizations provide poor girls with an education so that they can support themselves instead of ending up on the streets. When I buy these pillowcases, the money goes straight to the girls education and living.