An Intensely Stitched Kantha Coin Pouch: Recycled Cottons
ca. mid twentieth century
as shown: 9 1/2" x 6 1/4", 24 cm x 16 cm
This is an amazingly beautiful--almost mesmerizing--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.
Note that the stitching inside each of the triangular shaped areas is a kind of pinwheel effect: the triangle shapes are quite often seen on kanthas and in this case it could be a variant of the kautar khupi or pigeon coop motif. The pinwheel effect is shorthand for the turning of the universe.