A Stitch In Time
The Kanthas of Bengal

A Stitch In Time

Discover MAP Themes
Age: 10+

Kantha is a textile tradition native to the Indian Subcontinent, in particular West Bengal, Odisha and Bangladesh. ‘Kantha’ refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished cloth, and is usually practiced by women. The literal meaning of the word, however, is rags or discarded fabric, which is what the women use in the creation of these textiles.

In this resource pack, learn more about the kantha tradition, spend time colouring some kanthas from the MAP collection, engage in a group quilt-making activity and much more!

This Discover MAP pack includes: 

  • Enter the world of kanthas, look closely at what stories brew inside them and try to even imagine your own!
  • MAP DIY Guide – Get together with friends and family for a group activity inspired by kantha quilts! 
  • MAP Stories with Art – Step inside a kantha, embody a character and write a fictional journal entry of your day spent as somebody else!
  • MAP Colouring Sheets – Get creative and experiment with colours and motifs in these kantha outlines!

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