The Kantha fabric which is used in many of the jackets I make has an interesting provenance. This technique is created by the women of Bengal who join two old cotton saris with layer of fine cotton between them. They use a simple running stitch ‘Kantha’.
Kantha comprises of the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery - the running stitch. It is the way in which this stitch is used, in different arrangements, that forms the complex vocabulary of kantha.
Originally it was used to join layers of old saris, to make quilts and was used as a means of self-expression by both urban and rural women in Bengal.