The word "Kantha" translates to "rags" in Sanskrit. It refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished 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.
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 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.