A short post (or boast) this week on the completion of a Kantha cloth I started a couple of months ago at a class with British teacher, Dorothy Tucker. I wrote about this inspiring class in a previous blog (https://marissthequilter.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/on-learning-the-gentle-art-of-kantha-with-dorothy-tucker/)
Now that it is done, I am going to miss picking it up in quiet moments to add to the stitching. Over the months of working on it I have grown fond of Wheel of Fortune and think that perhaps it needs to be framed and hung in my workroom so that I can keep it close by.
The wheels and whorls in the piece are obvious. What might not be quite as obvious is the representation of a lotus flower in the centre of the piece. It is there because Dorothy Tucker mentioned that traditional Kantha cloths always have a lotus at the centre. It is a sacred and ancient symbol. From my skim-reading on the internet I learnt that the lotus grows from mud or in swamps and produces a beautiful bloom, seemingly miraculously. It symbolises spiritual enlightenment and appears in many myths and legends from Ancient Eygypt onwards and is an integral part of Buddhism and Hinduism.
Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, Egyptian bean or simply lotus, is one of two extant species of aquatic plant in the family Nelumbonaceae. It is often colloquially called a water lily. (Photograph (below) and information from Wikipedia)