Kantha is a type of embroidery, popular in West Bengal. It consists of a simple running stitch and it is popular in “Kantha saris” traditionally worn by women in Bengal. Kantha stitching is also used to make simple quilts, commonly known as Nakshi Kantha. Women in Bengal typically use old saris and cloth and layer them with kantha stitch to make a light blanket, throw or bedspread, especially for children. Kantha is very popular with tourists visiting Bengal, and personally I adore the combination of quilting and embroidery! Delicious!
I’m not sure it’s what I have done, but I call my regular rows of running stitch Kantha, and I simply love doing them! You’ve got to find the right combination of fabrics (I sew in two layers), but when the weave is loose enough to do a smooth stitching you can’t help falling in love. Falling into a meditative state of stitching, wanting to add “just one more row”… But because it is time consuming I didn’t set out to make a quilt. Instead I finished my piece and made this:
Loved making it but love even more looking at it and feeling the structure these stitches create on the surface. Yum!