Handwork

Kantha Embroidery at Anthropologie

Kantha Embroidery at Anthropologie

I have always been enamored with Kantha stitching, a technique of sewing old pieces of cloth together using a simple running stitch. I first became aware of it at Antropologie where they import all kinds of neat handicrafts for American consumers.

Kantha Embroidery is the tradition of the rural women of West Bengal. Kantha is a Sanskrit word that means `rags`. The women stitch layers of worn-out clothing remnants together. Kantha traces its origin back to The Buddah and his disciples who used patched and stitched rags to cover themselves.

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