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!
My dream catchers are mostly made of silk which is remnants of the sari industry in India. Instead of throwing away the leftovers, women tear them into narrow strips, sew them together and sell them - thereby earning an income and contributing to the family's livelihood. The dream catchers are adorned with handmade Indian bells, African beads, Swarovski hearts and much more! All dream catchers are unique and OOAK!
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.