NAKSHI KANTHA

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Over time, elaborate patterns developed amongst kantha artisans, which became known as "nakshi kantha".

 

Nakshi comes from the Bengali word, naksha, which refers to artistic patterns. Nakshi kantha is made up of motifs influenced by religion, culture and the lives of the women stitching them.

This most humble of cloths gave free reign to the imaginations of the women; kanthas told of folk beliefs and practicies, religious ideas, themes and characters from mythology and epics and the social and personal lives of the artisans; their dreams, hopes and every day village life.

Over time, elaborate patterns developed amongst kantha artisans, which became known as "nakshi kantha".

 

Nakshi comes from the Bengali word, naksha, which refers to artistic patterns. Nakshi kantha is made up of motifs influenced by religion, culture and the lives of the women stitching them.

Our second partner is in Bhardowan district, and is made up of over 100 women. Under the auspices of national awardee, Takdira Begum, this group crafts the most intricate and fine nakshi kantha imaginable.

Fine Nakshi Kantha is a rare art; the time, skill and patience required to create a textile which may take up to 6 months to create is uncommon. Passed from mother to daughter, the younger generations are increasingly reluctant to take up this work.

We're enormously proud to partner with Takdira Begum who has revitalised this art form in her village. 

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