The Bolero 22 | Medium | 8 layer
We love versitility in a piece and The Bolero is just that. Designed to be worn with the buttons at the front as a Bolero overcoat, layering beautifully over classic basics or an oversized linen dress (hello Suzie) to add some colour and vibe. Or worn with the buttons to the back as a shift style top overs some high waisted pants or shorts (try our Tembea or High & Wide Pants).
3 layer | up to 3 layers of fabric, looser kantha weave; overall lighter and floaty feel
8 layer | up to 8 layers of fabric, tighter kantha weave; overall thicker and more structured feel
This is part of a small batch, limited run; each piece is uniquely one of a kind.
This top is made from a vintage Bengali Kantha quilt and has been sewn into this garment by women, in their home in Cape Town. Each Kantha is completely unique and so no two garments will ever be the same.
The word Kantha [khan-tha] bears reference to the Bengali meaning for ‘old cloth’ as well as the typical straight running stitch which runs along the layered patches holding the quilt pieces together.
For hundreds of years, women in these impoverished regions have made Kantha quilts out of their worn and torn sari’s. The tradition of gathering and weaving together whilst creating something new and purposeful out of something easily discardable, has been passed down generations of women for centuries.
Originally, far from their presently valued art form, Kantha quilts were constructed for the most basic and practical aspiration; to repurpose waste and keep warm. Over time however, Kantha has developed as a generational artistry; something that symbolically imparts story, aesthetic beauty and well-wishing for loved ones. By tradition, wishes and stories are spoken into the cloth by the mostly illiterate makers as they delicately create them, forging a language and scripture unto themselves from this masterful craft.
Both sides of the Kantha are wearable so expect the inside of your garment to be as beautiful as the outside. And should you wish, simply cut off the inside labels and you can wear it in reverse too.
Given the upcycled nature of the Kantha, we embrace their perfect imperfections; expect to find ornate patches layered over other patches. All part of the charm of this intricate tapestry of heritage, community and sustainability
COMPOSITION: 100% Cotton
CARE : Dry Clean Only | Medium Cool Iron
Made by Shariefah and her mum Johanna from their home business in Hanover Park, Cape Town.
SIZE GUIDE : Available in Small, Medium and Large however each unique piece is specific to the size so please check the size in the product name. *Please see last image for size measurements if you'd prefer to measure up
This style sizes on the bigger side so if you are on the cusp of two sizes rather size down. Or if you think you will layer over chunkier pieces or prefer a loose oversized fit, then go true to size or for a really oversized effect, size up.
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