Rural Bengali housewives are largely instrumental in the evolution of Kantha embroidery. They used the simple running stitch to embroider on quilts for their families. As a traditional legacy, the craft faded in popularity over time, until it was revived on a global scale in the 1940s by the renowned Kala Bhavana Institute of Fine Arts, at Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.
Even today, rural women from #Shantiniketan continue to help this art thrive. Seemingly simple, the process of Kantha embroidery is time consuming and laborious. The process begins with elaborate designs and intricate motifs sketched on a tracing paper before being transferred onto the base fabric. For more intricate motifs, the designs may be coloured in as a guide before being worked on with needles and threads. Sometimes, the tracing paper is often cut to shape and size before artisans sketch the elaborate designs. As the art is completely executed by hand, the fabrics often retain tiny holes from the stitching hoops and frames.
In contemporary Kantha embroidery, artisans work on silks and cottons, making the art one of the finest in the world. A Kantha embroidery on a saree may take from 3 months to a year, depending on the size of the fabric and the intricacy of the patterns. #IndusLoom has taken Kantha to a different level of art and now brings you some of the finest #Kanthastitchedsilksarees that you will be proud to possess and pass on to your daughters.
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