celebrating kantha artisans


I was not paying any attention to ongoing Lakme Fashion Week spring summer 2008, Mumbai until I saw this photo feeling a little heaviness around my vocal chords!


It is a rarity, the kind of scene I have not seen before! A fashion designer brought with her kantha artisans on stage to take a bow . I have developed sudden admiration for fashion designer from Kolkatta; Agnimitra Paul who celebrated kantha embroiders in such a beautiful way. (Such things are long over-over due from fashion industry)

Just to celebrate kantha artisans, here are few random kantha work images and how-to and award-winning artisans’ work.


How to do kantha work step by step. More here.


What is kantha embroidery and history.


A few award winning creations and the artisans.


Kantha work pillows at Pottery Barn.

15 thoughts on “celebrating kantha artisans”

  1. It is so touching to see artisans being honored and that too at such a big stage such as Lakme Fashion week. Agnimitra Paul shows that behind the glitz and glamor, there is also a caring soul that cares for the Indian artisan. My salute to her and to the Kantha artisans!

  2. its indeed very touching…full of serene gesture..i hv just retrnd from the craft documentation from rajasthan,,n seen the miserable condtn of priceless artisans…i love ur constructive effort… textile designer,,niift chandigarh

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