Welcome to the third installment of our Cozy Living series! Each month our “cozy group” brings ideas for hygge style living on the first Saturday. It’s all about simple comforts, foods, and traditions! You’ll find links to cozy living ideas by my blogging friends at the end of this post. January is proving to be a blustery, frosty month so I hope you’re all staying warm and bundled up. To help protect against winter’s worst, I purchased a wonderful kantha blanket that’s fabulous for so many reasons! (This post contains affiliate links.)
For the most part, my new kantha blanket stays on my bed. We’ve had below zero temps at night so an extra blanket proves useful if I get cold in the middle of the night.
So what’s a kantha blanket, you ask? In Sanskrit, “kantha” means rags. For many, many years, Bengali women have taken vintage sari rags and used a simple running stitch to sew them into two-sided blankets to keep their family warm.
My authentic kantha blanket came from Hand & Cloth, an organization dedicated to providing dignified work to at-risk women.
In Bangladesh, girls are often seen as a financial burden to their families. Many end up victims of sex-trafficking. Hand & Cloth creates a means for these women to earn money in a reputable manner.
This is my all-time favorite blanket. I love knowing that a woman from the other side of the globe stitched it by hand. Hand & Cloth teaches these women that just like their blankets are unique and handmade, they too are unique and handmade by God.
A few candles and an ironstone pitcher of white tulips adds a little little bit of romantic appeal to my cozy bedroom during the cold and wintry month of January.
These authentic kantha blankets are two-sided. I chose one that’s blue on one side, brown on the other. They’re available in a variety of patterns and colors. Each one is unique!
Here you can see more of the pattern on the brown side.
Although authentic kantha blankets are a bit pricey through Hand & Cloth, I didn’t mind paying for it since the purchase helps at-risk women in Bangladesh. And while it’s perfect for cuddling up during winter months, the fabric is cotton so it’s cool enough to enjoy on summer days that aren’t too hot. You can see the blanket is large enough to wrap all the way around. Some people even use them as table cloths.
Here’s a short video that shows the beauty of these hand-stitched blankets from Hand & Cloth.
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Be sure to check out more January Cozy Living ideas from my blogging friends below!