Kantha Embroidery

Kantha is quilted embroidery done by the women of Bengal, India. The women create bed spreads, wraps and book or mirror covers among others either for domestic use or as gifts. The Kantha are influenced by the rural scenes, city life and modernisation, mythological scenes or depict floral and vine motifs. They are produced from recycled cloth and yarn of old saris. In this example, large floral motifs palced within squares form a repetitive pattern; flora, fauna and village life being popular subjects in this style of embroidery.

Date/Period
20th century
Region
West Bengal, India
Dimension
Image size: (Approximate) 97.2 x 74.7 cm
Accession No.
2013-00525
Material
Cotton
Collection of
Indian Heritage Centre
Category
Textiles