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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Published by SilkQuilt

Pittsburgh-based fiber artist, Louise Silk, creates art that combines aesthetics and functionality with meaning and memories. From the influence of a 1972 MS Magazine article to the current SILKDENIM label, her quilt experiences culminate in a display of her particular capacity to use her patchwork skills to piece together just about anything into an aesthetic meaningful whole.

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