- USA & Canada
Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park, Plaza de Panama, 1439 El Prado,
San Diego, California, USA
Oct 28, 2017 To Mar 25, 2018
Detail: This exhibition features approximately 40 kantha from Mingei's permanent collection.
Kantha is a term used across the Indian sub-continent to denote decorative stitched quilting. In Gujarat, hangings patterned with concentric circles or squares in running stitch are known as kanthas, while in Bengal, kanthas are stitched for a variety of purposes, such as winter quilts, covers and wraps for books and valuables or as mats for ceremonial purposes. They are most often given to daughters on the occasion of their marriage, as a token of love, or as a gift for a new-born child or grown son. They are often, as tradition has it, made up of old cast off saris or dhotis. They can be the work of two or more generations of women and are treasured as family heirlooms.