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Embroidery : Kantha work- instructions

Discussion in 'Embroidery' started by theartisticone, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. theartisticone

    theartisticone Gold IL'ite

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    hi all :hiya,
    i know you have been waiting for a kantha thread with instructions- so finally here it is!


    KANTHA the term applies to the quilted wraps made up of pieces of old cloth- usually saris- this was the r=hand work of the rural women of BENGAL. these quilts were held together and decorated using running stitches, which later on evolved into intricate designs!
    kantha shows similarities to the ALPONAS - rangolis made during festivals, the kanthas depict heavenly vahanas- shiva's buul nandi, durga's tiger, ganesha's mouse; spirals, whorls, lotus, swastik, etc.

    there are different forms of kanthas classified according to their use:
    SUJANI- thin bedspread used in ceremonies, decorated with mythical characters
    LEP - thick, warm wrap decorated with geometric patterns- the quilt!
    RUMAL - handkerchief about 12"- square, with borders & corner motifs
    BAYTON - a square cover for books and valuables, decorated with mandals, kalash or shankhs- your quilted book covers and pouches!
    ARSHALITA- a narrow rectangular wrap for mirrors and combs- like the mordern quilted spectacle cases & cell pouches!
    OOAR - a quilted pillow cover with borders, abstract motifs
    DURJANI - a quilted envelope - like wallets or folders!
     
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    Haasinii Bronze IL'ite

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    Su

    Thank you for giving this info...i am a novice in this topic totally heard about kantha work saw it but didnt know how different is it from other works...
     
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    the stitches used in kantha are totally 7 in number even though a lot of people include the herring bone stitch in the kantha.
    JOD - these are rows of aligned runing stitch
    BEJOD - these are rows of non-aligned running stitches
    DHANER SHEESH - these are stitches in a formation of arrows
    PAICHANO- these are whipped running stitches
    TARA BOOTI- stitches in star formation
    KANTHA BOOTI - stitches in the formation of a booti
    CHARKHI BOOTI - stitches in the formation of a wheel- charkhi.
     

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    hi :hiya
    here is a simple design for you all to try, i have given you the key to guide you on the type of stitches used.

     

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    hi,
    here is a picture of the kantha sampler i had done 13 years back!
     

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    here is a kantha blouse i am doing on tussar silk. need your FBs!
     

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    Hi Su,

    Great stuff . :thumbsup:thumbsup:thumbsup

    I loved the combination on yr Tussar silk Muted and elegant yet exquisite.

    I also used to teach Kantha and have done a few pieces but all of them sadly have been gifted away.

    Let me know if and when you want me to upload my sari pics as it has most of the stitches
     
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    hi jaya,:hiya
    thank you! why not, post it asap!
    the more the merrier!!!
    Big Laugh
     
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    hi haasini,
    thank you, glad you like it. why dont you try it out and post it!
     
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    Hi Su,

    As a thread starter for a tutorial, you will have a certain plan so I will post the work of a sari ordered from Kolkata only after you have finished the stuff you have planned Let me know when
     

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