Examples of Kantha embroidery

I’ve been growing more and more interested in South Asian embroidery. It’s wonderful stuff! In fact, I’ve found some great books in the library, so you’ll be seeing the results from that expedition at some point. In my last post on kantha embroidery (which is done entirely in running stitches) I linked to a lot of tutorials but not many pictures of the results. I’ve continued looking for information, and found these absolutely fantastic photos in an etsy shop for modern kantha embroidery (it’s based in New Jersey).

I have got to start incorporating this into my own work. Here are a few close-ups of the running stitches, so that you believe it’s really done entirely in running stitches:

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7 Responses to Examples of Kantha embroidery

  1. Elmsley Rose says:

    Wow! So many motifs and colours packed in, and just running stitch! It’s great seeing the various embroidery methods you are showing from around the world. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow !! what a find!! Thanks for sharing,Hannah. Love them,but a little pricey too πŸ™‚

  3. On second thoughts,I think the work is priceless..so the price is ok πŸ™‚

    • Hannah says:

      I think it’s actually reasonable pricing for handmade bedspreads in the US. Though I can see how it would seem ridiculous from India.

  4. Monique says:

    This embroidery is amazing!! I like, I like!!!

  5. Marie says:

    Although the embroideries in that Etsy shop are divinely gorgeous, I’m horrified by the cut-rate prices. I’m guesstimating that person is making about $1 per hour. This example illustrates why textiles are never given respect.

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