The Several Layers of Kaantha: A paper on the sociological context of Bengal Kaantha

The Several Layers of Kaantha: A paper on the sociological context of Bengal Kaantha


International fairs, symposiums, exhibitions, films, design stores, fashion journals to the rocking ramps; Kaantha, the poor mans blanket from Bengal has really come a long way from where it began. This needle and thread wonder of Bengal is extraordinary not only because of its stunning texture, rhythm of colors and curious motifs but also because it represents one of the earliest and the most extraordinary means of recycling old and discarded fragments of cloth through embroidery. It is an art, indeed, the art of frugality, of saving and sewing together every little bit, big or small, worn, torn or stained to create a stronger, warmer whole that lasts for generations.

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