The Coat & Dress 5 | Small | 8 layer
We love a versatile piece and this statement beauty can be an over coat with your buttons open or a stand alone piece buttoned up. The triple tier maxi style, flares gently into an A-line hem. The hand painted ceramic buttons are hand made by Lichen & Leaf. The voluminous sleeves fall into pleat details at the cuff which buttons. There are pockets in the side seams.
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 Coat Dress 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. This style is true to size. *View the last image for specifics size measurements if you would like measure up.
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