Kantha Embroidery: Stitching Traditional Elegance on the Fabrics

Came into existence a whopping 500 years back in West Bengal, the Kantha Embroidery is quintessential skill and talent of the rural women of the state. Kantha literally means ‘Throat’, and it is associated with Lord Shiva. Earlier used to ornament sarees, quilts and dhotis, Kantha gradually evolved and made its way to the heart of the fashion of the nation. Today, it can be seen on shawls, home furnishings, covers of the pillows, bedsheets, dupattas, etc.

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Trivia of Kantha Stitches



Folklore has it that when Lord Buddha and his disciples used old rags to cover themselves up at night, they had various patches on them. The same intricate designer patches led to the birth of Kantha Stitches. Also, the women, traditionally, would use four to five sarees and use them as blankets. They would layer them together and create different running stitches on them. The design of the stitches gradually evolved and what started to make life more comfortable went on to becoming a vogue in the fashion industry.

How Does the World See The Picturesque Stitches Today?

Kantha Embroidery

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Surprisingly, Kantha Embroidery has taken the fashion industry by storm. There are designers who are giving a unique twist to dhotis, kurtas and various other attires a touch of the Kantha Stitches to make them the cynosure of all eyes. Also, there are designing courses in India offering hands-on training to the students on the same.

The Evolution of Kantha

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Kantha Embroidery has undergone oodles of transformations since its inception. All those who adore taking fashion to levels beyond the ordinary have experimented with its design and pattern. For instance, earlier motifs used were of animals. However, with new techniques taught by the various design colleges in India, the designers are plunged into experimenting with the Kantha design. As a result, one can see cave art, Hindu Mythology, pop art, etc. being depicted through this stitch art.