Kantha Belt

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These vibrant kantha belts don't just give your wardrobe a lift, but also lift up disadvantaged workers in India. Kantha is a kind of traditional embroidery found in eastern India and Bangladesh. It's done with a simple running stitch, often in long parallel lines, and often decorates quilted blankets or traditional clothing.

These colorful belts are created from scraps of worn, cotton blankets, each combining the lines of kantha stitching with its own unique variations of color and pattern. They're washed before assembled by women in India, who receive fair wages, steady work and healthcare for their work.

Each is one of a kind and will vary. Customers would have a choice of color group.
vintage cotton
Erin Fergusson, UncommonGoods Buyer
44" L x 1.5" W

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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

October 12, 2011 05:50:19 PM

There's something comforting about a worn, cotton blanket. It's also comforting to know that those old blankets can be turned into something else when they're all cuddled out. Would you wear this handmade, fair trade belt?

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October 14, 2011 05:54:47 PM

It's really cute, what color varieties does it come in?

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October 17, 2011 01:12:11 AM

I like the story of how the belts are made - would this info be included with the purchase? That would be important to me. While not something I would buy for myself, I know several friends who would be quite pleased with one.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

October 17, 2011 11:02:08 AM

Thanks for the questions, Ciara and Karen! The belt is currently under consideration in red, but if accepted into our assortment our buyers will keep an open mind to additional colors. We do try to share the story with our products whenever possible, so if we carry this item, it will likely come with a card explaining how and where it is made.

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October 17, 2011 04:29:23 PM

Though this is not the intended use, this would make an adorable dog collar.

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October 17, 2011 05:27:21 PM

I also agree with the dog collar comment....and definitely needs to have a card with info included. Choice of colors are a must.

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October 17, 2011 08:17:00 PM

I do like the idea of these belts and the color and texture. Is the belt reinforced with anything to give it some "body" and stiffness? Also if offered in different colors...I know that choices could be random...yet could you offer a color selection drop down box just to be able to select the color family you want? I would purchase multiples.

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October 18, 2011 09:31:00 AM

It's nice. An explanation card would definitely be a selling point.

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October 18, 2011 09:31:51 AM

Super cute!

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

October 18, 2011 10:51:54 AM

Thanks for the questions and comments, Kelly! The belt is being considered in reds now, but we do love your suggestion of offering color families! If accepted into our assortment, we would sort the belts by color group, since each is so unique there wouldn't be a choice of specific pattern or the exact color. Since it is made of reclaimed vintage cotton, it is not stiff and bends easily to fit around your waist and buckle with ease.

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October 18, 2011 11:35:29 AM

it would make a cute dog collar

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October 18, 2011 01:08:38 PM


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October 18, 2011 02:26:06 PM

I can get behind anything that supports women. Price is fair.

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October 18, 2011 04:58:09 PM


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October 19, 2011 01:26:10 PM

Nice looking and they help.

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October 19, 2011 04:16:38 PM

I like this! I hope that a good portion of the $30 price goes towards paying the workers in India.

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October 19, 2011 07:19:48 PM

I think they look cool and I like that the workers are paid fairly for the product.

Mary Margaret
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October 20, 2011 04:19:08 PM

Nice product...nice price...nice outcome for women = win win win !

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October 20, 2011 10:42:51 PM

love the story of how they are made

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October 20, 2011 11:37:09 PM

I love that each belt will be unique and colorful. It's a joyful purchase that makes you look good while wearing it and makes you feel good inside for helping a great cause. I'd probably buy more than one and wear them with pride :)

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October 21, 2011 08:26:31 AM

Cute, and different.

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October 21, 2011 10:54:43 AM

Love it! Great pop of color for jeans! Any other colors available?

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October 21, 2011 11:13:27 AM

Love these belts. A fair price, given regular non-fairtrade ones are much more expensive!

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October 21, 2011 01:08:29 PM


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October 22, 2011 02:03:35 PM

I like the idea that it helps those in need. The design is okay.

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October 23, 2011 04:12:44 PM

love reclaimed fabrics and handiwork

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October 24, 2011 03:10:04 AM

Love it!!

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October 24, 2011 01:31:13 PM

Not my thing, but would make a great gift!

Charlene Kuser
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October 24, 2011 09:16:37 PM

This is a very cute beats and would go great with jeans.

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October 24, 2011 10:45:27 PM

Very cute!

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October 24, 2011 11:10:22 PM

Great story, but not the look for me.

Jessica Kate
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October 25, 2011 04:43:36 PM

I'd like it only if it comes in more neutral colors.

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October 25, 2011 07:51:49 PM

red is not one of my favorite colors

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October 26, 2011 03:49:11 PM

This is attractive and useful, plus I really like that it's helping disadvantaged workers in India. I think the price is good, and I'd condsider buying for myself as well as giving it as a gift.


October 27, 2011 02:41:19 AM


thanks for commenting