Kantha embroidery is a form of personal expression, like a personal diary or a letter written to a particular person. It is not meant to be read and understood by all. Kantha embroidery began, and gained popularity, in the homes of rural West Bengal, India. It is one of the oldest forms of Indian embroidery and can be traced back to the first and second A.D.
Kantha Embroidery designs can be simple as well as intricate. Themes from day-to-day activities are a common subject for the embroidery. These include beautiful folk motifs, animal and birds figures, and geometrical shapes. Ideally, traditional artisans first create embroidery designs and copy them on the cloth, before the craftswomen (usually) hand stitch the designs. The stitching is simple but the embroidery designs can be complex.
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