India is carrying the heritage of legendary handcrafts from the days of yore. The artisans of the traditional and exquisite crafts of India are retaining their individuality of inheritance with the well molding according to the present days demands. These unique ageless and timeless handcrafts of India can fascinate anyone even having a little interest of arts and crafts and captivate them to fall in love with these artistry. We are going to share some of these story here:
Kantha is a specialty of Bolpur-Shantiniketan, West Bengal and remains also the most creative of all embroidery styles in this part of India. Kantha making is a “women’s art” .It was the Bengali housewife who helped the art of embroidery to evolve. From embroidering her husband’s initials on his handkerchief to sewing pieces of discarded cloth with colorful threads to make Kantha, the lady of the house busied herself with needle and thread as soon as her domestics’ chores were over.
Kantha Embroidery Designs
The designs that found mainly in Kantha is the picture of a village, the family photo, the image birds or natural beauty, flowers, animals, something abstract geometric characteristics that revenue it can be whatever thing the craftsman can narrate to. In the modern age, the designs are changed. Now, you can’t find a life related real design anywhere. But, if you observe the kantha embroidery then you can see their design is not only gorgeous but also full of their life-living events related. From the design of a Kantha one can easily tell the history of that craftsman.
Different Types of Kantha
Running stitch is used to make the different Kantha embroidery stoles, shawls, saris or blankets. The variation depends on the craftsman who produces the Kantha. Indeed, it solely depends on the creativity and skill of the craftsman.Some basic types of kanthas are Ruaml Kantha, Oaar Kantha, Lep Kantha, Baiton Kantha, Durjani Kantha, Sujani Kantha.
From grandmothers past a hundred year to girls in their teens, Chikan, women’s craft was introduced to the Moghul court by Empress Noor Jahan. Nothing can be more graceful, elegant, colorful yet subtle than Chikan. Say It with COLOR. The colors of Chikan are so lovely like sweet candies.
Chikan Embroidery Design
The technique of creation of a chikan work is known as chikankari. Chikan is a delicate and artfully done hand embroidery on a variety of textile fabric like muslin, silk, chiffon, organza, net, etc. White thread is embroidered on cool, pastel shades of light muslin and cotton garments. The patterns and effects created depend on the stitches and the thicknesses of the threads used. Some of the stitches include backstitch, chain stitch and hemstitch.There are varieties of stitch included in Chikan work like Tepchi, Bakhiya, Hool, Zanzeera, Rahet and many more.
HAND BLOCK PRINTING
The first imprint of design on cloth. India’s gift to the world.The method of printing patterns onto cloth is used across India, but the tradition is strongest in Rajasthan and Gujarat where communities of hand textile printers once flourished. But the more efficient and more economical machine-printing process is damaging their livelihood and threatening to extinguish an important craft. The wood block is carefully prepared as a relief pattern. The block was cut along the grain of the wood. It is necessary only to ink the block and bring it into firm and even contact with the paper or cloth to achieve an acceptable print. The content would of course print “in reverse” or mirror-image, There are three methods of printing to consider as stamping, rubbing and printing in a press.
We are continuously with the process to maintaining the distinctiveness of this artistry while bringing and adopting the innovations with the time in Art Hut. We are proud for being a part of this ancient art industry of Bengal and will be honored to carry them forward with our willful efforts.