Kantha (Embroidered Quilt)

Artist/maker unknown, Bengali

Made in Jessore District, Bangladesh, Asia
or West Bengal, India, Asia

19th century

Cotton plain weave with cotton embroidery in back, buttonhole, darning, satin, running, eye, arrowhead, cross, and surface satin stitches

32 x 9 1/4 inches (81.3 x 23.5 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Stella Kramrisch, 1968

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This narrow kantha is bordered with alternating red and blue leaf sprigs with contrasting stem swags. The principle motif is an elaborate processional chariot holding a large icon of blue Krishna flanked by red gopis (cowherd women). The chariot rests on a great elephant; its spires, domes, and flags span nearly the entire height of the cloth.