The Cocoon 1 | Small | 8 layer
The Cocoon Coat to envelope you through the hibernation and metamorphasis of the colder season. An oversized collar, trimmed with a frill detail falls over a fitted shoulder section which falls into an oversized pleat just above the bust. Cocoon shaping at the hips gives this jacket plenty of volume for wrapping. The closure detail features hand made and painted ceramic buttons by Lichen & Leaf and there are pockets in the side seam. A straight sleeve is finished, along with all the hems and inner seams, with binding to give a clean finish.
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 jacket 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 falls slightly on the larger side to accomodate layering. If you are on the cusp of sizes and prefer a snugger fit, feel free to size down - or stick to your size if you like to layer or a looser fit. *View the last image for specific size measurements if you would like measure up.
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