Marrakech, Morocco — Our newest collection of vintage quilt jackets are hand made from repurposed, vintage Kantha quilt fabric at our atelier in Marrakech. Read on to learn about this pastel and vibrant colored, often spectacularly faded fabric that dates back hundreds of centuries to its simplest use: warmth. Discover how we honor the spirit of this careful repurposing and creativity by giving these quilts new life as functional and stylish outerwear.
What is Kantha fabric?
Res Ipsa atelier in Marrakech, Morocco
Kantha means patched cloth and these jackets are made from remnants of discarded cloth scraps sewn together into quilt form. Though surprisingly thin and light-weight, Kantha quilted blankets have always been intended to provide warmth. Kantha fabric is native to eastern South Asia and has been a popular form of fashioning and repurposing something old into something new for hundreds of centuries.
Flash forward to today, Kantha quilted blankets have become desired for their alluring, vibrant and pastel-like colors, often fading to indicate their aging uniqueness. Each quilt is one-of-a-kind, designed by women who impart symbolic meaning into each creation -- these quilts are often gifted to loved ones.
What is Res Ipsa's inspiration for designing Kantha Quilt Jackets?
This jacket design is inspired from jackets we make from vintage handmade American quilts. The boxy fit and slight-off-center placket is inspired by the shape of an American military removable quilted liner that would button into a coat issued to GI's.
Each Vintage Quilt Jacket is handsewn from a vintage Kantha fabric. Because we use vintage materials, you may find slight "imperfections" in the quilt. Each quilt is unique and carries the beauty from decades of patina. This is a not a flaw--it is a feature. Shop the newest collection available online and in Res Ipsa Nantucket, Aspen, Vail, Los Angeles, and Malibu.