Choosing a Kantha Quilt: Cotton or Silk?

Choosing a Kantha Quilt: Cotton or Silk?

Previously we discussed the differences between new and vintage kantha quilts to help you narrow down which option is best suited for you. 

In Part 2 of our Choosing a Kantha Quilt series we’ll be exploring the differences between cotton and silk blankets, and helping you to decide which fabric is the best for your needs. So without further ado, here is all you need to know about how our cotton and silk blankets differ.

Cotton Kantha Quilts: An Overview

Both the vintage and new kantha quilts we sell at Kantha Decor are predominantly made from 100% cotton. This is because whether using new fabric or repurposing used fabric, cotton represents a robust, long-wearing and, most importantly, soft choice. 

Kantha Quilts

The cotton kantha quilts are made by stitching 2-4 layers of cloth together to create an ideal lightweight blanket or throw. These are the most popular, and most competitively priced variety of kantha quilt.


Cotton Kantha Quilts: The Pros

  • When it comes to durability, cotton is a great option. 
  • The easiest type of kantha to keep clean. 
  • Less likely to be damaged by water so can be brought outside.

Cotton Kantha Quilts: The Cons

  • Preloved cotton is more likely to show its age than preloved silk.

Silk Kantha Quilts: An Overview

Our silk patchwork kantha quilts are created by hand-sewing together pieces of vintage silk saris. Within one blanket you will get a variety of different colours and designs, making this a truly statement throw for bringing life to any room of your home.

Silk Patchwork Kantha Quilt

The quilts are made by stitching 2-3 layers of silk cloth together, before backing it with a layer of 100% cotton to provide durability.

Silk Kantha Quilts: The Pros

  • The patchwork design brings a riot of colour into any room - perfectly suited for a variety of decors.
  • The luxurious fabric makes the silk patchwork kantha blanket well suited for a bedspread.

Silk Kantha Quilts: The Cons

  • More time consuming to handwash due to the drying process.

Cotton vs Silk Kantha Quilt: Conclusion

In summary, each type of quilt has its own distinct style and there are benefits and disadvantages to both varieties. However, it’s easy to see that there is no right or wrong decision when it comes to buying your very own Indian blanket. 

Which will you choose?


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