The traditional folk art is famous as Kantha which means 'Patched cloth'. The original Kantha is double faced where the design appeared identical on either sides of the fabric. The great length of stitch is broken into tiny tacking's which gives almost a dotted appearance on either sides of the quilt like "Do rukha". Sometimes the embroidery is so finely done that it is very difficult to identify the wrong side.
Learn about the rich history and meaning of kantha embroidery in India and across South Asia, practised by millions of women. "Kantha" refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished cloth and is one of India's oldest and most loved folk art textile traditions.
In June we are hosting a one-day workshop, Kantha Stitching with expert teacher Ekta Kaul. Kantha is a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent with a rich heritage rooted in storytelling and upcycling. Ekta is an award-winning textile artist who creates ‘StoryMaps’- narrative cartographic textiles that