A Small Hand Embroidered Kantha Pouch: Indian Folk Craft
ca. mid twentieth century
14 1/2" x 8 1/2", 37 cm x 21.5 cm
This is an amazingly beautiful,small cotton bag hand stitched in West Bengal, India, using a stitching method called kantha.
Quilts, bags and clothing were embroidered using a running, stem and satin stitch, the quilts and coverlets were constructed of many layers, the number of layers dependent of the weather of the region where a particular kantha was stitched.
The stitching on the bag is based on a grid; each corner of each grid shows a flower petal and the effect is a field of four-petaled flowers within a set of squares. The center of each square shows a small, pinwheel like shape: this is the shostir chino, a whirling form that suggests the churning motion of the universe.
A small bit of wear and fraying, as is to be expected.