Kantha embroidery, which Bengal is famous for, is also used in quilt-making and many other garments such as dupattas, stoles, shawls, men’s shirts and so on.
Many women in Bengal wear Kantha sarees, filled with richly embroidered patterns on sarees made of soft cotton or silk material.
Kantha is also the most popular craft practiced by women in rural Bengal, especially in Bolpur. Depending on the type of embroidery done on them, these sarees were known as Lepkantha or Sujni Kantha.
Design themes include intricate motifs of flowers,birds, animals or geometrical shapes. The rich stitch gives an impression of the soft cloth being slightly crumpled..
The embroidered cloth has many uses including shawls, covers for mirrors, boxes, and pillows.
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