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“A lifelong obsession for fabric started at an early age, my grandmother a lampshade maker, my mother a knitwear designer.
After training in textiles, whilst traveling in India, I came across Kantha and fell in love.
The perfect narrative of resourcefulness and creativity, with history and culture, inextricably hand-stitched into everyone.
In an increasingly disposable world, I now specialize in these remarkable quilts and offer a curated collection of authentic vintage pieces for the discerning.”
– Tanya, founder of The Running Stitches.
Sustainability and Ethics:
Sustainable and ethical practices are at the forefront of our mission.
Our specialism is Kantha, an age-old tradition of quilting layers of used cotton sari with a running stitch.
It takes 10,000 liters of water to produce a single 1 kilo of new cotton fabric, used textiles make up 5.2% of all landfill waste worldwide.
By choosing mindful consumption, you are electing not to contribute to the waste of precious resources.
In the process of upcycling vintage kantha, quilts are ethically reworked by artisan tailors in small batches. working in a safe environment and being rewarded fairly.
Each quilt is one-of-a-kind, carefully selected for its detailed embroidery, and design quality.
In some cases damaged fabrics are reworked into smaller items, reinterpreted for a modern aesthetic.
Breathing new life into these vintage quilts so they can continue to serve another generation.
We represent a number of talented artisans, specialists in age-old textile techniques, weaving, embroidery, and natural dyeing.
These are family-run small businesses that directly benefit from your purchase, helping to preserve their way of life.
Based in Mid-Wales, both virtual and studio visits are available by arrangement, a great way to see our textiles in more detail.
If you are looking for something, in particular, feel free to send me an inquiry.
Best wishes, Tanya