The subtle effect of using the madder and indigo threads from old saris is well illustrated in this example. The geometric precision of this piece is all the more remarkable when considering the free-hand nature of the embroidery combining the chatai or grass-mat stitch and the running stitch. The embroiderer has used geometric motifs in such a way that their permutations and combinations create an illusion of multiple designs as is often seen in Islamic tiles and glazed ceramic flooring, walls and domes. The stark simplicity of the geometry, colours and motifs makes the piece very distinguished and unique.

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  • Title: Blanket
  • Date: 1831/1900
  • Location: West Bengal
  • Physical Dimensions: L 168 cm x B 117 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Cotton
  • Technique: Kantha work with cotton thread on cotton
  • Period: Mid to late 19th century

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