May 23, 2017
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The Clothed with Strength No. 37 throw comprises pieces of sari silk hand-stitched together to form a kantha.
Sarah Aulie, the founder of local brand Hand and Cloth, was inspired to start her business over six years ago while on trips to India and Bangladesh. It was there that Aulie discovered the tradition of kantha, a type of quilt that local women stitch together from discarded cloth. She brought the idea home to Chicago, but kept kantha’s roots intact: each Hand and Cloth throw is hand-stitched by women in Bangladesh. What’s more, Hand and Cloth’s goods are made in partnership with Basha, a Bengali cooperative that gives at-risk women access to dignified work, literacy classes, and childcare.
The limited-edition Clothed with Strength No. 37 ($160) is one of the most eye-catching of the bunch, crafted from repurposed sari silk in shades of vibrant royal blue and buttercup yellow. “You’ll notice that many other labels carry cotton kantha throws, but it’s rare to find silk kantha throws,” Aulie explains. “Ours are made from repurposed silk one-offs in Bangladesh. No two pieces are alike.” The large throw is thick enough to cozy up in and looks especially luxe when draped over an armchair.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEREDITH ELSEN