My Kantha Cloth

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/)

Wheel of Fortune. Hand stitched Kantha cloth. 42 x 40 cm.

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)

lotus-from-wiki-1

 

15 thoughts on “My Kantha Cloth

  1. Exquisite stitching in this contemplative piece, Mariss! I agree that it should be framed, to catch you in mid-stride and inspire you to pause and slow down gently.

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  2. I have just found this post of your traditional Kantha cloth motifs, I agree with you about just creating rows of running stitches is very meditative. I find this form of stitching absolutely absorbing and being hand worked connects you to the pieces as it takes such concentration to achieve the ‘negative’ pattern that emerges between the stitches.
    Also I just love the feel of the finished cloths, and loathe to stretch them but framing does protects them.
    Janet

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  3. Oh dear, my workshop samples haven’t seen the light of day since then, and I so enjoyed Dorothy’s class and teaching. I was looking at the pics I took the other day and now you’ve inspired me to dig out my work and do some more stitching. Well done, your piece is lovely and represents many hours of meditative stitching.

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    1. Thank you Sheila for being inspired to return to the work you started during that inspiring class with Dorothy Tucker. Happy stitching!
      Thank you too for finding and reading the post and for your kind words about my piece. (I want to make a sample book of Kantha stitching this year. There, I have written it, now I had better do it!)

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