Some of my treasures collected on tour.

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.





I'm not sure if this is a Kantha Quilt, but it's close to the description.


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.

This piece is interesting.

Just two layers, the back is a thin cheesecloth I could even wear it as a shawl.



Cheese cloth back



Even the printed part of the fabric is used.. nothing is wasted.


I love the change in direction of the quilting in the corner of the quilt.




Love the colors




One Comment Add yours

  1. Nedra says:

    I have never seen this type of embroidery before. Pretty amazing!
    Thanks so much for showing us.

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