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Kantha comprises the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery; the running stitch. It is the way in which this stitch is used, in different arrangements, that forms the complex vocabulary of kantha. Originally, it was used to join layers of old saris, to make quilts and it was a means of self-expression for women in Bengal, India.There are seven different types of kantha and the artisans we work with are true masters in all of them.
The pattern is first hand-drawn on paper. The outline is then traced onto tracing paper. The edges of the pattern are pierced with a needle with a distance of 1 mm between each hole. Coloured embroidery threads are then chosen according to the pattern. Usually a simple outline is first made on the pattern. Sometimes the patterns are more abstract and are done all over the fabric, usually to hold 3 or more layers of cloth. These patterns are embroidered free-hand without tracing. The artisans are skilled enough to stictch evenly spaced spirals or lines. In kantha embroidery there are numerous patterns to fill a fabric.
The process of making kantha embroidery is simple but it allows a wide range of expression. Today people have used this embroidery form in many ways, from contemporary to classic traditional.
The kantha samples shown are examples of patterns that can be applied to your very own designs.