Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Kantha : An affair to remember....DIY Silk Kantha Throw :)

"Life, when reduced to its simplest,
the tale is essentially a love story
with a fairytale overtone."

Well, I am in love with Bengal Kantha...

the simple running stitch and its fairytale outcome.  
This love story began long back, during my high school days 
and the saga continued -;)

So, when the whole design and styling world is caught by 

this beautiful Kantha craze,
(Kantha is one of the most popular art form of Bengal)
here is my humble attempt to 'draw' a tell
on a piece of tasar silk.

 My DIY kantha throw

and a close up...

 It's indeed a little time consuming
I did it little by little over my free time...
but it totally worth it,
 as the immense satisfaction you get at the end.

Bankura terracotta 
 beautifully compliments
the elegant simplicity of kantha embroidery.

Thinking of those good old days
 when all those women folk from rural Bengal 
used to draw 
(yes, here I'm purposefully not using the word 'sew') 
incredible stories 
on soft, recycled saris/dhotis
with intricate stitches.

Looking forward to your valuable feedback :)

images: mine and copyrighted.


Shweta Sharma said...

Very beautiful. I would also try my hand on this art. Do you use cotton threads??

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks Shweta.
Yup, cotton threads but you may use silk ones also.
Try your hand and have fun...-;)

Sayantani said...

I belong to a place and household which is surrounded by kantha all the time. am in a life long relaionship with this amazing art form. your throw looks perfect, there's nothing like handmade things which generations will cherish with great joy.

debra @ frugal little bungalow said...

This is absolutely stunning! :)

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Just beautiful! The colors are so beautiful! Thank you for visiting me.

Vel Criste said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! Almost can't believe you made it yourself! Great job!

Phyllis @Around the House said...

so beautiful, can't believe the wonderful colors..wish I could make something like that....Phyllis

Phyllis @Around the House said...

so beautiful, the colors are so vibrant, I wish I could make something this beautiful...love it...Phyllis

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Just beautiful! I love all of the bright colors!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Gorgeous! You did a beautiful job! Love the colors.


You are so talented Shangamitra, your shawl is gorgeous with all the bright colors and in silk, it makes the more exquisite! I love to embroider, but your work is amazing. Big hugs,

Tanya Anurag said...

This has come out so neat!! Looks beautiful.

I am so glad that I landed on the "RAINBOW". The colors and ideas are so inspiring. Following you!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Thanks lovelies for your sweet words-;)

@Sayantani~ I know Shantiniketan (Bolpur) is the HUB of kantha art.

@Fabby~ I always love to see you on my space.

@Tanya~ Warm welcome to 'RAINBOW'-;)

andrea@townandprairie said...

I'm drawn int to the vibrancy of these fabrics! How beautiful! SO bright and merry--- they must make you smile every day. Following your colorful blog, Andrea B.

Ivy and Elephants said...

This is just amazing! It is so intricate and detailed. Beautiful!

Pinky said...

Beautiful work. I can imagine that working on this was a pleasure, too.

Ewa said...

Absolutely fantastic work! You are really talented and super patient! Thanks for visiting my blog!

The Artful Diva said...

embroidered silk...sigh...I love it!


Wow....this is one incredible piece of work. Very artful, and I love the colors you've chosen.

bj said...

Mercy me, woman....this is magnificent. What talent it takes to make something this beautiful. Well done!!!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Such beautiful and colorful work!

Brandi said...

Such a beautiful throw. You are really talented.

Jharcraft said...

Just incredible work, so you are planning to sell the products, is there any option for online selling. I think you should think for that, it will make the products more globally popular and reachable, which will indeed generate lot of revenue.

Tasar Silk Sarees

Alison Wells said...

So beautiful. You are very talented!
-Ali @ Crafty WI Mama

Noreen said...

The stitching is beautiful and colorful.

Abby Edgley Edgley said...

So much informative and idealistic posts..!! Thanks for sharing it with us..!! Loveable home decorations.

Abby Edgley Edgley said...

So much informative and idealistic posts..!! Thanks for sharing it with us..!! Loveable home decorations.


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