Kanthas are embroidered quilts from Bengal, usually made from old lengths of patched material.
Summer Kantha by Unknown Artist, 18501900
© Cartwright Hall Art Gallery
- Cotton thread & embroidery on cotton
- 180 x 116 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £300 ( Total: £1,200)
- Acquired in:
- Joss Graham Gallery
This one, however, is from a simple unpatched piece of unbleached cotton. Although the identity of the embroiderer is not known the name of the person who commissioned the kantha, Sri Kali Nath Rakshit, has been incorporated into the embroidery. The central floral medallion is surrounded by borders of lively human and animal figures, including soldiers and horses. Auspicious paisley (or buta) and fish motifs also appear. Most of the embroidery is in running stitch, the most popular stitch used for kanthas, although the double running stitch and backstitch have also been used. This kantha recalls a number of traditions, including rangolis or floor paintings, and Kalighat paintings.
Commissioned for Sri Kali Nath Rakshit; dealer in Bombay.
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