Kantha

 

 

Kantha is the local Bengali tradition of embroidery, practiced by Bengali women in their homes. The ground of the Kantha is made up of old cotton saris and old threads are used. Small stitches are applied to create a series of dotted lines. On the reverse of the cloth long, decorative floats are stitched, which are used for filling in motifs and figures.
The surface is then profusely covered with needlework so that the old sari acquires a new look as well as a new lease of life.
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