The Timeless Art of Kantha Stitch: Crafting Stories with Needle and Thread

The word "Kantha" is derived from the word meaning "rags" in Sanskrit. It refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished repurposed fabric. The art of Kantha embroidery has a long and fascinating history and is a centuries-old tradition of stitching patchwork cloth from rags, evolving from the thrift of rural women in the Bengali region of the sub-continent - today the eastern Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa, and Bangladesh.


Hand stitching Kantha Work


Traditionally, artisans used old sari's, dhotis, and other discarded cloth pieces, layering them and sewing them together with a running stitch. This not only created a new fabric with added strength and warmth but also provided a blank canvas for the embroidery.


Kantha Embroidery

 Women artisans creating Kantha embroidery (Credit: Alamy)


Kantha stitch not only preserves a rich cultural heritage but also plays a significant role in empowering communities.

In rural areas, where economic opportunities may be limited, Kantha embroidery provides a means of livelihood for many women by repurposing pre-loved garments and fabrics to create something new and functional.



Our admiration runs deep for the artistry of this hand-stitched detailing. It's a source of genuine fascination, as it encapsulates an intimate connection between the artisan and the fabric. This slow, deliberate crafting process carries a sense of mindfulness and significance that mechanical production simply cannot replicate. We meticulously spend many hours choosing the best quality pieces in the best colour ways. 


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In a world where technology has redefined the way we communicate and create, there's something truly enchanting about the art forms that have withstood the test of time. Kantha stitch is a perfect example of such an enduring and captivating craft. With origins dating back centuries, Kantha stitch isn't just about needle and thread – it's about weaving together stories, culture, and creativity.

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