Kantha Re Kantha Re

Preet mera Sancha …

That was my attempt to write lyrics for this sari that I am wearing today. Its Kantha work done on Tussar, an all time favourite. I bought this sari at “Valluvar Kottam”, Chennai during a handloom exhibition in 2010. We were visiting Chennai and went to this exhibition along with Raviraj. I have always wanted to buy a Tussar silk with Kantha work and when I saw this sari on display, I knew it was mine.


The neckpiece is from Desh Maheshwari, Noida. The Pallu is so lovely that I had to get a proper picture … Well, I tried Pushpa’s method of sitting with the pallu spread out, which didn’t result in as good a picture as hers but still managed to get the entire pallu in :).


I wore this sari also at a “The house of MG”, a haveli turned into a heritage hotel at Ahmedabad, on 2nd of July 2011.


Kantha embroidery – some background from this link – https://strandofsilk.com/journey-map/west-bengal/kantha-embroidery/history

“Kantha is one of the oldest forms of embroidery that originated in India. Its origins can be traced back to the ancient pre Vedic ages, however, Kantha embroidery as we know it today was found in Krishnadas Kaviraj’s 500 year old book, Chaitanya Charitamrita. Motifs found in early Kantha embroidery include many symbols that were derived from ancient art. These symbols depict or are reflective of nature, such as the sun, the tree of life and the the universe. …

Rural housewives in West Bengal played a significant part in the evolution of Kantha embroidery. It was customary for these women to make use of Kantha’s widely used running stitch and embroidery techniques to create quilts for their families, as well as embroider personal fabrics and garments such as sarees, dhotis and handkerchiefs with simple running stitches along the edges. For centuries, the techniques of the hereditary craft were, and still are, passed down from mother to daughter. Though it continued to be practised amongst rural women, recognition of the craft faded over time, until it was revived on a global scale in the 1940s by the renowned Kala Bhavana Institute of Fine Arts, which part of the Visva-Bharati University in Shantiniketan, West Bengal.”



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