Nakshi 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, such as this one, are primarily abstract.
This rectangular kantha has a lotus blossom in the center and partial flowers in all four corners. An embroidered grid is filled with colorful florals.
Circa: Mid 20th century
Material: Cotton and silk
Condition: Very good, some light staining
Dimensions: 58" x 49"
Inventory number: TX5352