Vintage Kantha Quilt with Suzani Embroidery #15

Vintage Kantha Quilt with Suzani Embroidery #15

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Traditional recycled cotton kanthas each heavily straight stitched and then overlayed with decorative embroidery.

All vary in size. Each quilt is NOT a perfect straight edged item. Many imperfections can be found and each quilt is exceptionally unique. 

Approximate size 130 x 208 cm.

Some information on the origins of Kantha quilts:

For as many as 500 centuries, impoverished Bengali women have taken their discarded cloth scraps and sewn them together with a simple running stitch; taking the old and reimposing it into something useful and possessive. Far from trend-setting, or even artfulness, kantha was constructed originally for the most basic and practical need: to keep warm.

Over time, kantha developed as a generational artistry, a craft that could symbolically impart story, desire, and well-wishing for loved ones & gift recipients. Elaborate kantha were made as wedding gifts or gifts for mothers and for generations, with stories, history and wishes weaved in, allowing illiterate women to leave an eternal mark.