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Nakshi Kantha Embroidery

Regular price $875.00


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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 surrounded by florals, leaves, and fish. This piece is from my personal collection, and although I've loved it for years, it's time for someone else to appreciate its beauty. 

Circa: Early 20th century

Origin: Bengal

Material: Cotton and silk

Condition: Very good, some light staining

Dimensions: 51.5'' x 38.5''

Inventory number: TX5375

Nakshi Kantha Embroidery