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Kantha Embroidery

Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
The part of Bengal where the Ganges River flows into the Bay of Bengal has historically been the...
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The part of Bengal where the Ganges River flows into the Bay of Bengal has historically been the source of the finest cotton ever produced. The kind of embroidery known as kantha is created from this material, for daily use in many different contexts and in many different sizes. It deploys a simple running stitch in quilting layers of used cloth; details are embroidered using satin and stem stitches with thread taken from the colored borders of cast-off saris and dhotis.

The workmanship varies from the crude to the complex and refined, but they are all made for daily use for various household purposes. The tribal culture of this region and its sense of continuity were evident until the early part of the 20th century, but the true unraveling of the kantha tradition came with partition, followed by the devastation brought on by the mass exodus of Hindu and Muslim populations in Pakistan, East Pakistan and India. Now, with global warming, the rising waters are resulting in the disappearance of villages, along with the livelihoods of the inhabitants.

Reproducing bed covers, wrapping cloths for books and other valuables, floor covers and mats for ceremonial purposes from the late 19th to early 20th centuries, this collection captures and showcases the kantha tradition at a precarious time of change and struggle.

  • 10 inches x 12.5 inches x 1 inch
  • 224 pages
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 978-1942185192
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery
Kantha Embroidery