Publication Date: 20/06/2024 ISBN: 9781789940435 Category:


Ekta Kaul

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: 20/06/2024 ISBN: 9781789940435 Category:


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A beautiful book on the tradition of kantha, a Bengali embroidery technique with a rich heritage rooted in storytelling and upcycling, with inspiration and techniques for contemporary makers.

The word ‘kantha’ refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished cloth: quilted textiles made from multiple layers of cast-off cloth, traditionally embroidered with threads pulled out from the borders of old saris and dhotis. These beautiful fabrics were created exclusively by women in the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent.

In this richly illustrated book, textile artist Ekta Kaul explores the history of the kantha tradition and finds objects of extraordinary beauty. She goes on to look at how the kantha spirit is inspiring artists today and discusses creative techniques to help you develop your own interpretations, alongside a dictionary of fundamental kantha stitches with supporting images and instructions.

Steeped in the ethos of sustainability, emotional repair and mindful making, kantha will lead you to uncover a slower and more thoughtful approach to stitching.

Publisher Review

The age-old textile recycling methodology of kantha is updated in this book of appreciation and how-to. -- Barbara Jacobs * Booklist *

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