Kantha

1900-1950 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
South Asia, Room 41
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Rectangular coverlet of layered, quilted and embroidered cotton. Undyed ground with embroidered design of flowers and spirals in red, blue and yellow cotton. Central large square has a stylised flower and 'paisley' designs, surrounded by 10 smaller panels with flowers and spiral designs.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Cotton, quilted and embroidered
Brief Description
Kantha, quilted and embroidered coverlet with flower and spiral design, Bengal, early 20th century.
Physical Description
Rectangular coverlet of layered, quilted and embroidered cotton. Undyed ground with embroidered design of flowers and spirals in red, blue and yellow cotton. Central large square has a stylised flower and 'paisley' designs, surrounded by 10 smaller panels with flowers and spiral designs.
Dimensions
  • Width: 69cm
  • Length: 80cm
Gallery Label
COVERLET Cotton, embroidered and quilted (kantha) Bengal, Eastern India or Bangladesh 1920-30 IS.6-2011 Given by Karun Thakar, in memory of Mark Shivas Bengali domestic embroideries like this coverlet are traditionally made from recycled saris and other garments. Made by women for use in their own homes, they serve as bedcovers, mats and wrappers. This design is purely geometric, but some kanthas are decorated with human figures and animals.(27/9/2013)
Credit line
Given by Karun Thakar, in memory of Mark Shivas
Subject depicted
Bibliographic Reference
Illustrated in Rosemary Crill 'A Thread of History' in Hali, issue 167, April 2011, pp.112-4, fig.1.
Collection
Accession Number
IS.6-2011

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record createdApril 15, 2011
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