Story Behind the Artwork You Adopted:
Kanatha Stitch Hand Embroidery :
The name “Kantha” is the needle embroidery practices in the districts of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The Nakshi Kantha is the reflection life, aspirations and culture of the village women of Bengal. The motifs used in Nakshi-Kantha Work are symbols that have a special place in the folk art tradition of India. The rural women of India have expressed their feelings through folk art. The motif patterns include the sun, the moon, the lotus, the rose, the animals, and water.
These beautiful Kantha Stitch Saree involves hours and months of hand embroidery and involves steps from drawing the design on tracing paper, then perforating the design outline with a red-hot needle, mixing carbon or aluminium oxide with kerosene and rubbing on the perforated design outline to create impressing on the Saree,then starts the hand embroidery with needle and thread against the pre-drawn impression for months ,followed by steamrolling pressing and polishing before being presented before You. ..
Though Kantha embroidery consists of simple running stitches, it is rather laborious and time-consuming. Born from the pure imagination of rural women who adorn these Kantha sarees, Kantha embroidery portrays beautiful motifs and designs as it draws inspiration from day to day activities resulting in a close mesh of design in the form of beautiful flowers, birds, and animal motifs or human figurines or even simple geometric patterns. The colored silken threads that run through the saree forming these lovely patterns are a treat to view.
The origin of Kantha embroidery can be traced back to the pre-Vedic era. In fact one can see that the symbols used in this form of embroidery are inspired by nature and ancient Indian art. In West Bengal as long as one can trace, this form of art was initiated by rural women who used this form of embroidery to make quilts and to adorn personal garments and fabrics such as sarees, dhotis and handkerchiefs.