About The Craft
Kantha is perhaps the oldest forms of Indian embroidery as it can be traced back to the first and second A.D. The traditional form of Kantha embroidery was done with soft dhotis and saris, with a simple running stitch along the edges. The embroidered cloth has many uses including shawls, covers for mirrors, boxes, and pillows. In some cases, the entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals, birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slightly wrinkled, wavy effect.
About The Artist
Smt. Mahamaya Sikdar is a two-time National Award winner who feels Kantha is more about storytelling that she ‘lives and breathes’ every single day. Having worked with established Indian designers such as Anita Dongre, Raghavendra Rathore, Sabyasachi et al, Mahamaya ji’s needles find their way around the cloth, and she lets her work speak for itself. Her massive Nakshi kantha sarees on the Ramayana won her the National Award both the times.
Meet the master at India Craft Week 2019.
- Includes free entry to the event on the day of the workshop
- Includes art & craft material required for the workshop
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