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Kantha Embroidery

Regular price $275.00


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Kantha Embroidery

In Sanskrit, kantha translates to ‘rags’. The name reflects how kanthas are made on layers of discarded and recycled cloth using threads from rags. One of the oldest forms of embroidery from India, kantha can be traced back to the pre-Vedic ages. Rural housewives in West Bengal aided in the evolution of kanthas as they used simple stitching techniques such as running stitch, back stitch and pattern darning stitch to create quilts, saris, dhotis, and handkerchiefs for their families. The stitching is used for quilting and for decorating. Hindu kanthas showcase human figures, animals, and scenes from local life, while the Muslim kantha are primarily abstract.

Circa: Mid-Late 20th century

Origin: Bengal

Material: Cotton and silk

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 36" x 24"

Inventory number: TX5368

Kantha Embroidery