Our Story

Welcome to the Kantha Bae, a marketplace for handmade goods for the bohemian soul! Our shop is a storytelling of textiles and trade around the world. My name is Krista, I started this little shop over 5 years ago with a heart to see people and a love for all things handmade. I have an amazing family around me that includes my husband Landon and our 5 sweet babes along with our KB team of beautiful souls that partner in our vision and dream to share light in the world. Together we want to tell a story of hope, light and purpose.
Our shop partners with families in India and Bangladesh and the US to make all the beautiful textiles, handmade goods, and home wares you find in our marketplace. We know these souls by name and are active participants in their daily lives. We are all growing together to bring a different story to the retail market and give a platform and voice to those to have amazing gifts to share to the world.
You are a HUGE part of this storytelling and I invite with open hands to know us and know our community. Join our private Facebook Group called the Kantha Bae Besties. This group is a soul group of life giving community where we do life together and share our hearts in this life journey.
Thank you wholly for shopping here, we see you and want to know you. Let's walk together. And please reach out if we can open our hands to you in any way. From our home and hearts...welcome and thank you!

 

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Bangladesh

Open Hands Line

Our heart here at Kantha Bae is to walk with open hands and have a storyline of integrity and hope in our brand. We aim to bring that story into the fashion world, and we are so excited to say that the OH Line is the next chapter in this journey.

In the journey of designing beautiful Kantha pieces the last few years, the Kantha Bae dream and vision to tell a bigger story started to form. There are many shops like ours beginning to link arms to bring integrity and hope to their brand by sourcing with integrity and providing healthy workplaces and wages to their makers. We wanted to begin partnering with these brands by bringing designs to our brand to pair with our more vibrant pieces from India + Bangladesh. In doing this we all grow together and are able to be part of a bigger story and make a bigger impact to global fashion. This process has been a journey as it’s not been easy to find clothing that is not just a “consumable,” but a product that makes a difference in the lives of others as well. Because of that, our KB Fam went on a mission to find brands that we could link arms with and  pieces of the highest quality to “style with” the beautiful silks and Kantha you know and love. This is the beginning of the “Open Hands Line,” or the “OH Line.”

Because of this new dream of ours here at KB... the Kantha Bae story is growing from a textile storytelling to a textile and trade storytelling. We are passionate about people and believe everyone has a gift and a story to tell. We want to use our brand and community to partner with more artisan and maker brands that align with our heart and vision!

We are working to grow a community of stories and establish a beautiful marketplace that empowers people and communities, while also giving back. We are going to see each other, support each other, and all grow together with open hands.

Through this vision casting, lots of intentional searching, and prayer, we have been so blessed to cross paths some amazing artisans + brands to join together with in the mission to bring quality clothing that not only makes all souls + bodies feel beautifully adorned but also makes a larger difference in the world!

 

When you choose to shop with our “O.H. Line” a portion of proceeds go to communities in Northern India and Bangladesh to provide any basic needs for the families we partner with. This is of course in addition to the beautiful work they do hand crafting the Kantha pieces you have come to know and love! Stay tuned for updates on needs we are able to meet through your support, stories from the villages and more! 

We are so excited to share more about these partnerships and others so stay tuned for more stories + updates about the brands we are linking arms with to bring new pieces! For information on our current Open Hands brand partners, check out our blog post, here!