Now that I'm home I have more time to examine the delightful pieces of textile art that I purchased at the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe.
It looks like a depiction of village life.
Kantha embroidery of West Bengal
Kantha is still the most popular form of embroidery practised by rural women. The traditional form of Kantha embroidery was done with soft dhotis and saris, with a simple running stitch along the edges. Depending on the use of the finished product they were known as Lepkantha or Sujni Kantha. The embroidered cloth has many uses including women's shawls and covers for mirrors, boxes, and pillows. In the best examples, the entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slight wrinkled, wavy effect. Contemporary Kantha is applied to a wider range of garments such as sarees, dupatta, shirts for men and women, bedding and other furnishing fabrics, mostly using cotton and silk.
Just two layers, the back is a thin cheesecloth I could even wear it as a shawl.
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I have never seen this type of embroidery before. Pretty amazing!
Thanks so much for showing us.