Saturday, May 22, 2010

Nakshi Kantha

Nakshi Kantha or embroidered quilt is a folk art of Bangladesh and West Bengal, India that has been passed down through generations. The art has been flourishing in rural Bengal for centuries.
The name nakshi kantha became particularly popular among literate people after the publicaton of Jasimuddin's poem Naksi Kanthar Math (1929). By far the most renowned embroidery of Bangladesh is the Nakshi Kantha. Immersed in ritual and social custom this “enchanted wrap” is an exquisite art where the basic material used is thread and old cloth. The art of kantha furnishes an illustration of the wonderful patience, craftsmanship and resourcefulness of the village woman.Kanthas are made throughout Bangladesh; but greater Mymensingh, Rajshahi, Faridpur and Jessore areas are most famous for this craft.
The colourful patterns and designs that are embroidered resulted in the name “Nakshi Kantha”- derived from the Bengali word “naksha” which refers to artistic patterns. The early kanthas were of white ground reinforced with red, blue and black embroidery; later yellow, green, pink and other colours were also included. The running stitch called kantha stitch is the main stitch used for the purpose. Traditionally kantha used to be produced for the use of the family. Today after the revival of the nakshi kantha these are produced commercially and have gained popularity.

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