The Sanskrit word Kontha means ‘Rags’. Kantha embroidery originated from the way in which Bengali Housewives mended old clothes by taking out strand of thread from the colorful border of their saris and making simple designs with them.
The traditional form of Kantha embroidery was done with soft dhotis and sarees, with a simple running stitch along the edges. The oldest extant kantha date from the early 1800s and is embroidered with blue, black and red threads that were unraveled from sari borders. Because they were salvaged from used garments that had been frequently laundered, the colors tend to be muted.
- Types of Kantha work: Archilata Kantha, Lep Kantha, Baiton kantha, Durjani / Thalia, Oaar Kantha, Rumal Kantha, Sujani Kantha.
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