Kantha work is approximately 500 years old, and there is a story that Lord Buddha and his disciples used old rags with different kinds of patchwork to cover themselves with at night, and this gave the Kantha embroidery its origin. Traditionally women would take 4 to 5 sarees, layer them together and create different running stitches on them which they then used as blankets to cover their children with. Kantha, a popular style of embroidery that comes from West Bengal, is a significant symbol that displays the skill and talent of the rural women in Bengal. Kantha, which means ‘throat’, is associated with Lord Shiva. The story revolves around how Lord Shiva consumed poison while stirring up the ocean, and therefore the importance of the word Kantha goes all the way back to the Vedic times.
The Circle Community brings together Kantha Embroidery Workshop with Shreya Golchha
About The Artist
Shreya is a fashion designer and creates fashion illustrations. She is into printmaking, pattern making and sewing.
The Workshop Began
Shreya greeted all the participants and thanked the host for the introduction. She first showed a completed Peacock Kantha Embroidery and continued to teach another one. She continued to teach the embroidery and explained everything in detail. The Embroidery had various colours such as green, blue, orange, light green, dark green and brown.
Towards The End Of The Workshop
Shreya made two colourful Kantha Embroidery designs of two peacocks that looked colourful and bright. All the participants appreciated her beautiful Kantha Embroidery design and showed their co-created Kantha embroidery. The host thanked Shreya for teaching this traditional Indian embroidery.
The attendees were from different parts of the country. They also belonged to different age groups but their love for art brought them together on a single platform. The Circle Community, as always, was successful in connecting artists and curating a magical and positive vibe together.
On this note, here’s us signing off until next time!
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