Kantha is a type of embroidery popular in eastern South Asia, especially Bangladesh and the Indian states of West Bengal and Odisha. In Odisha old saris are stacked on each other and hand-stitched to make a thin piece of cushion. This is normally used above a bed cushion or instead of a cushion. The use of kantha is popular in "Kantha saris" traditionally worn by women in Bengal.
Nakshi kantha, a type of embroidered quilt, is a centuries-oldBengaliart tradition.The basic material used is thread and old cloth. Women in Bengal typically use old saris and cloth and layer them with kantha stitch to make a light blanket, throw or bedspread, especially for children. The colourful patterns and designs that are embroidered resulted in the name "Nakshi Kantha", which was derived from the Bengaliword "naksha", which refers to artistic patterns.
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