Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kantha

Kantha is extremly simple yet beautiful style of embroidery. Stitch is simple running stitch that gives very beautiful. This is very popular in West Bengal & Bangladesh. Embroidery vastly used in quilt and sarees but could be made into different objects like bags, cuhions, curtains, toilet accessories holder. Kantha means rags. Precious silks and expensive clothes on becoming old were piled into layers and stitched together.
As I said style is simple running stitch but can be differentiated into aligned and non-aligned kantha.
Below I've given simple illustration of 2 types of kantha and some kantha patterns.

Kantha can transform a simple and plain thing to stylish and beautiful one. Below is the before n after effect of cushion and curtain (funny though...I just tried my hand on photo editting s/w) its just an illustration but by little creativity n good imagination u can do wonder.
Before:
 After:
Look at this beautiful kantha shawl.

Image source: click here
Even I also made sarees and Salwar kameez using kantha. Kantha work is also used to depict the life story of an artist.
                                                                                           

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