Making of a Kantha

1. The tailor cuts up the new fabric to be used for the top and the bottom layers of the Kantha 2. The fabrics are stitched according to the desired size 3. The bottom layer is spread on the floor and ironed
4. A second layer of soft white cloth is spread on top of it 5. A third layer of fabric is spread on top and all the three layers are secured together by long running stiches 6. Thread colors are selected for the quilting work.
7. The artisan takes the Kantha home and does the embroidery work as per the colors and designs discussed 8. Once the embroidery work is finished, she brings it back to the center where the master tailor measures the size. 9. The extra fabric is cut off from the sides to get a straight edge
10. A piping in matching color is stitched along the edge for the finish and the label is added 11. The Kanthas are washed and ironed 12. Kanthas are ready for the market

Embroidery Motifs

Traditional geometric patterns are used in the quilting of most of our Kanthas. Shown here are 12 of the many embroidery motifs that are handed down from mother to daughter.

motif

tara chutki
Star and Pinch

motif

paan khili
Wrapped Betel Leaf

motif

maachhi
Fly

motif

dhew
Wave

motif

laathi
Stick

motif

fan
Fan

motif

dool
Earring

motif

hat dhora dhori mura
Stools holding hands

motif

bilai paoti
Cat's Paws

motif

bansh pata
Bamboo Leaf

motif

aina khopa
Mirror & Hair Bun

motif

mura
Stool