I was delighted to see this post on Kantha quilts. I saw the exhibit at the Mingei earlier this year during a museumpalooza.
#Repost @selvedgemagazine with Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal, at Mingei International Museum, San Diego. Kantha refers to a cotton cover embroidered on layers of used dhotis or saris. Kanthas are of course collected for their beauty and fine stitchery, but what sets them apart is the vivacity of their designs. Kantha quilts illustrate the whole of life in rural and urban Bengal during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Their appeal is found in the individuality and often the humour of each piece, reflecting the outlooks of Bengali housewives and mothers as they looked out in wry amusement at their society. To read more visit the #selvedgeblog #textiles #quilts #quilting #handmade #craft