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As they say, Sarees are six yards of sheer elegance. Even if today, sarees have become scant as regular casual or work wear, no item of clothing comes even close to matching the grip Bengali sarees have on Indian traditional attire.
India produces many different kinds of sarees in its 28 states. A Kantha stitch saree is one such variety that originates from the humble abodes of Bolpur in the Birbhum district of West Bengal. However, these sarees are now produced in many different corners of the state. Thanks to an immense surge in their popularity nationwide.
Kantha Stitch Sarees are simply stunning, and they can add a sophisticated appeal to your look. The intricate embroidery work that adorns this bengali cotton saree is a testament to the artistry of the rural artisans of Bengal. The unique handcrafted designs in vibrant colors and patterns are perfect for elevating the charm of your ethnic look. Whether you want to make a bold statement or add a touch of elegance to your look, Kantha Stitch Sarees would be always the perfect choice. The combination of traditional art and modern fashion truly makes these sarees a timeless masterpiece. We highly recommend these timeless fabrics to anyone looking for a unique ethnic wear option!
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Glorious History Of A Kantha Stitch Saree
The term ‘Kantha’ has its etymological origins in Bengali. It refers to embroidered quilts made from cut-up scraps of old sarees and dhotis. The women in rural Bengal were the first perpetrators of Kantha stitch. They would layer three or four cloth scraps and stitch them together using colorful threads. They would then embroider the cloth and beautiful ‘nakshi kanthas’ would be born. The term ‘nakshi’ comes from the Bengali term ‘naksha’ meaning artistic patterns.
The running stitch used in the embroideries was responsible for the vernacular adaptation of the craft into the Kantha stitch. The quilts made were primarily used to swaddle babies during the winters. Today ‘nakshi kanthas’ represent the intricate embroidery in the fabled kantha stitch sarees of Bengal.
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Present-Day Scenario Of A Kantha Stitch Saree
If you were to walk around in rural West Bengal, you will find the original kantha quilts left to air in the sun to this day. But the majority of kantha stitch production is meant to cater to commercial productions of their modern iterations- kantha stitch sarees.
These sarees are usually made of pure silk, tassar silk, or simple cotton. Its commercialized production involves big fabric wholesalers and merchants. But the actual embroidery is still done by the craftswoman of rural Bengal. The art has been passed down from generation to generation and stands true to its root even in the face of fast fashion.
It takes a craftswoman anywhere between a few weeks and a few months to finish a Kantha stitch saree. The time taken is usually determined by the intricacy of the embroidery design.
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How To Choose A Kantha Stitch Saree For Different Occasions?
1. Heavy and High-glam Looks For Festive Occasion Or Parties
In West Bengal, there is an oft-said proverb; ‘Baro mashe tero parbon’. It roughly translates to "13 festivals in 12 months." The proverb is a nod to the immensely rich Bengali culture and how there seem to be more festivals in a Bengali household than there are months in a year.
If you are planning to don a Kantha stitch saree for a party, we suggest you opt for one of the more luxurious fabrics like pure silk or tassar. For mornings, you can find bright and breezy designs and light accessories and makeup. Don’t forget to complete the look with a tip or bindi.
Most Indian parties are held in the evening though. If your occasion is around the evening, you would do well to gravitate toward darker colors with heavy embroidery. Black, wine red, burgundy, and forest green are some of our favorites.
Accessorize the look with oxidized silver chokers and heavy jhumkas. Kundan jewelry is another popular option for elegant parties. A smokey eye and embroidered purse will elevate your look to the next level.
2. Clean And Minimal Look For Intimate Gathering
The thing about Kantha stitch sarees is that they are incredibly versatile. If the occasion at hand is small-scale and intimate, you can still find a Kantha saree to suit the occasion. Find sarees that go easy on the embroidery and are light-colored. White, beige, brown, and cream are some of the customer favorites in Banglar Saree. To complete the look, put on light makeup- think nude lipstick, kohl-lined eyes, and subtle blush.
Make a Statement with Our Unique Kantha Stitch Sarees Collection!
Let’s help you find the perfect Kantha Stitch Saree that meets both your style preferences and budget. We offer a carefully curated selection of Kantha Stitch Sarees made by skilled rural artisans of Bengal. From weddings to puja celebrations, we have sarees for all occasions. Each saree is a work of art with intricate embroidery work and unique designs that are sure to capture your attention at first sight. Our commitment to quality means that you can trust the materials and craftsmanship of every fabric you purchase from us. We're confident that you'll be impressed by the beauty and elegance of our collection. And we're excited to help you find the perfect saree to elevate your ethnic wardrobe.
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Frequently Asked Questions-
What Is The Uniqueness Of Kantha Embroidery?
Kantha embroidery is a unique and intricate form of hand stitching. The technique involves layering and running stitches that create beautiful designs and patterns.
Where Is Kantha Stitch Famous?
Kantha stitch is a popular style of embroidery that originated in West Bengal.
Is Kantha Fabric Soft?
Yes, the Kantha stitch saree is known for its soft and comfortable texture. High-quality cotton fabrics and delicate hand-stitching techniques makes it a lightweight material.
How Do You Wash Kantha Cloth?
You should hand wash a Kantha fabric in cold water with a mild detergent. Gently squeeze out excess water and hang it to air dry, avoiding direct sunlight to preserve the fabric's color and quality.