|My cherished kantha bedcover from old silk sarees|
Traditionally women would take several layers of old sarees, stitch them together with simple running stitches and used them as blankets. The yarn was taken from old saree borders, several of the fine threads at the same time, to work stronger, in the visual sense as well.
|Women working on kantha together|
|The central for is a thousand petalled lotus symbolic for fertility and abundance|
Or they are narrative, depicting rural life or folk stories or lately related to the life of the women who made them.
If you would like to know more about the kantha stitches, you have some samples here and watch a short video how kanthas are made in rural India.
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