Made from a single vintage kantha quilt with the offcuts used for pockets and purses, these multi-hued handmade jackets cost £120 and will be for sale with Running Stitches at the Textile Society’s antique and vintage textile fair in Manchester on April 28.

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“Every piece is handmade with love,” said Tanya Burne, who herself fell in love on her travels in India years ago with the hand-stiched kantha quilts woven from vintage cotton sari fabrics in Rajasthan.

She collects the quilts from India herself and as Running Stitches runs a business in Wales selling not only the quilts but jackets, shawls, cushions and bags.

Burne is an enthusiastic supporter of the Textile Society’s antique and vintage textile fairs. Its annual long-running event at the Armitage Centre in Manchester will take place on Sunday, April 28.


Tanya Burne of Running Stitches.

Among the other exhibitors at the upcoming fair are plenty more well known specialist dealers – some of whom have featured in this column previously – including Meg Andrews with European textiles, John Gillow with ethnic pieces, Richard Smith who sells textile art and Clive Rogers with antique rugs.

John Fisher, a member of the society’s committee said: “The fair highlights the diversity of its exhibitors and it’s this diversity that is the fair’s unique selling point.”