Kantha Graduated Bead Necklace
Kantha Graduated Bead Necklace, made of a colorful selection of recycled Kantha beads alternating with tiny golden beads to form a graduated strand that crescendos at the center of this necklace. Colors and patterns will vary. Measures 22″ with a 2.5″ extender. Handmade by low-income artisans in India, who are improving their lives through their work in a women’s cooperative.
Kantha quilts are a traditional textile found in abundance in India. They are made from layers of cotton saris, sewn together with a distinctive, allover running stitch. Artisans transform the fabric scraps into beads for jewelry, which provides new life to a textile that is often discarded. Each Kantha bead has a base made of wood, carved out of scraps gathered from a local furniture factory.