Kantha/ Collectivitea

Hello! I am glad to be back here after a couple of weeks of vacationing, and sporadic posts. One thing I am immensely grateful for today is that the summer solstice is over. From here on the days will get shorter and if that seems like a strange thing to be grateful for, just think of us migraine sufferers! I spent 3 weeks in India, and it’s been a complete refresh and reset. Meeting family, spending time catching up, plus a more or less digital detox has been good for me. As always when I am in India, I am taken aback by the amount of creative talent and skill that passes as commonplace. My Mom and I visited sari shops, textile fairs etc. and the sheer variety of textile traditions is amazing. Though I know all of this already, every time I’m there, it hits me anew. I saw some lovely kantha work, both clothing and bedding materials, and it has to be one of my favorite types of embroidery. The hand stitched kantha results in a heavier, and very slightly ruched material, and I prefer that. Hand embroidery tells more of the embroiderer’s story, don’t you think? And the machine embroidered kantha, seen more and more these days, seems flat, as if removing all the stories and nuances. Today I am grateful for these skilled craftsmen, and women and for the people working to support the continuation of these traditions. If you are curious about the kantha stitch, do read this earlier post for a little background + pictures on this art form. Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you tomorrow!Kantha/ Collectivitea

This post is part of a gratitude journal that I maintain and update almost daily. To read the gratitude journal entries so far, click here. – Priya

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