In Sanskrit the word kantha simply means rags.
Cotton Over Dyed Kantha Yardage
Silk Over Dyed Kantha Yardage
Sewing tips from Gwen
Kantha in Ready to Wear
International designers are using this type of fabric with inspiring results. The photos below are from one of my favorite shops, Santa Fe Dry Goods in Santa Fe. These coats sell in the $1000+ range. My guess is that the designers are working directly with the fabric makers — so this is meant to inspire. I sent these photos to my supplier - she loved it and is designing more fabric in this vein, so stay tuned.