This kantha is distinguished by its minute background quilting work done in the so-called kantha stitch which creates dense rippled effect on account of the very character of this stitch, i.e. the spaces between the stitches are broader than the length of the stitch itself. The large and radiating floral discs which fill up the field are done in blue and red thread embroidery using mainly the chatai or grass-mat stitch and occasionally the katiya or slightly swirling chatai stitch. The medallions are further outlined with several outlines done in blue running stitch. The interstices between the prominent medallions are filled with smaller kinetic discs resembling children’s paper windmills.


  • Title: Coverlet
  • Date: 1871/1930
  • Location: West Bengal
  • Physical Dimensions: L 86 cm x B 71 cm
  • Rights: Text © Sanskriti Museum of Indian Textiles/ Jyotindra Jain
  • Medium: Cotton
  • Technique: Kantha work with cotton thread on cotton
  • Period: Late 19th to early 20th century

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