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Kantha Quilts of Bengal

  • Net Loft Building #6-1666 Johnston St Vancouver, BC V6H 3S2 Canada (map)

With John Gillow

$15 - Doors open at 7:30

The kantha quilts of Bengal are fascinating textiles valued for their beauty, their fine stitchery, and their vivacity of design. Made from worn-out muslin saris and dhotis, each one, bestowed for a marriage or the birth of a child, is a unique gift of love.

Embroidered on the recycled surface of the quilts are motifs depicting household and farm goods, means of transport, places of worship, colonial figures, and literary, local, or political heroes. The whole of life in late 19th-century and early 20th-century rural and urban Bengal can be found illustrated in fine stitches in kantha quilt after kantha quilt.

Above all, it is the individuality and often the humour of each piece that appeals. Kantha quilts reflect the sometimes quirky outlook of a Bengali housewife and mother as she looks out in wry amusement at the society that surrounds her.

John Gillow has recently written the catalogue for the forthcoming kantha exhibition at the Mingei International Museum, San Diego. For more than forty years John has travelled the world and collected, exhibited, and sold textiles. He is recognized internationally as a leading lecturer and author. The list of publications to his credit is longer than most running stitches. 

John will also teach three workshops.

Earlier Event: October 18
The Marlinespike: Roped into Art
Later Event: October 20