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Kantha: Recycled & Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

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The part of Bengal where the Ganges River flows into the Bay of Bengal has historically been the source of the finest cotton ever produced. The kind of embroidery known as kantha is created from this material, for daily use in many different contexts and in many different sizes. It deploys a simple running stitch in quilting layers of used cloth; details are embroidered using satin and stem stitches with thread taken from the colored borders of cast-off saris and dhotis. The workmanship varies from the crude to the complex and refined, but they are all made for daily use for various household purposes.

  • By John Gillow
  • Hardcover 224 pages
  • Publisher Radius Books, 2017
  • English
  • Size: 10" x 1" x 12.5"