Kantha: Sustainable Textiles and Mindful Making (Hardcover)

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A beautiful book on the tradition of kantha, a Bengali embroidery technique with a rich heritage rooted in storytelling and upcycling, with inspiration and techniques for contemporary makers.

The word 'kantha' refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished cloth: quilted textiles made from multiple layers of cast-off cloth, traditionally embroidered with threads pulled out from the borders of old saris and dhotis. These beautiful fabrics were created exclusively by women in the Bengal region of the Indian subcontinent.

In this richly illustrated book, textile artist Ekta Kaul explores the history of the kantha tradition and finds objects of extraordinary beauty. She goes on to look at how the kantha spirit is inspiring artists today and discusses creative techniques to help you develop your own interpretations, alongside a dictionary of fundamental kantha stitches with supporting images and instructions.

Steeped in the ethos of sustainability, emotional repair and mindful making, kantha will lead you to uncover a slower and more thoughtful approach to stitching.

About the Author

Ekta Kaul is an award-winning London-based artist born in India. Ekta's work is exhibited across the UK and is held in several prestigious private and public collections including the Museum of London and the Crafts Council, UK. She is an experienced educator and teaches internationally. She lives and works in London.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781789940435
ISBN-10: 1789940435
Publisher: Herbert Press
Publication Date: August 27th, 2024
Pages: 192
Language: English