The kantha stitch is a type of embroidery that is used by women of eastern Indian states like West Bengal, and in Bangladesh. In it’s most basic form, the running kantha stitch is used to sew together old saris and other fabric remnants to repurpose them into quilts or cloth wipes intended for household use. At the other, more decorative end of the spectrum, the kantha has been likened to stitch painting, and the embroidery is used to embellish bolts of silk and cotton. At its most beautiful, the fabric is a mere backdrop for the extravagant, fanciful loops and twirls of the embroidery as it seeks to recreate scenes from nature- gardens of blooms swaying in an imaginary breeze, bees in flight, curious birds, all painstakingly embroidered by hand. Though global awareness of kantha work has risen over the last decade, many people still equate the kantha with a basic running stitch. Since my love affair with textiles began, I have come across and photographed many kantha works, from simple, gapped lines to ornate religious depictions. This Textile Tuesday I want to share with you some of my favorite photographs of these works of art and I dare you to not fall in love..- Priya
And this stunning kantha work on cloth panel from the collection at Chhatrapati Shivaji Vastu Sangrahalaya, formerly Prince of Wales Museum of Western India…
All images taken by Studio Collectivitea. If you would like to see more kantha pictures, do visit my photography Pinterest board.
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