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What is Kantha?

  The word ‘Kantha’ refers to a type of running stitch or embroidery, which is typical of the area that now constitutes the Bengal region of India and Bangadesh. Kantha stitching can be found on all sorts of things from cushion covers to handkerchiefs and bags.   Traditionally, the material to be kantha stitched was multiple layers of old clothing, like saris or dhotis. The fabric would be sewn together and then covered with an intricate pattern of embroidered motifs. This repurposing of old garments means that kantha items were often beautifully soft and strikingly coloured. The handmade nature of kantha work also means that each no two pieces will be exactly the same.     Outside of South Asia,...

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