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Located over 300 miles away from any major city, in the vast Thar Desert of India, these remote villages can only be reached by a full day trek across dirt roads and rocky cliffs.

Around here, kantha quilting is a way of life. The women stitch together layer upon layer of old saris and tossed-aside cloth scraps to create new throws to be used as blankets and cushions. On any given morning, you’ll find a group of ladies sitting in a circle in one of their living rooms, all laughing and chatting while they craft these stitched masterpieces.

An art most learn from their mothers, you can tell this technique comes second nature to them. Their nimble fingers effortlessly flow over the blanket, creating rows and rows of intricate stitches.