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This one-of-a-kind vintage Kantha quilt features a very stylized design that looks delicately geometric. This quilt which is about 50 years old includes the central mandala we have come to expect and their are four botah, or paisleys, that anchor the piece. However, these botah are not part of a border as we would normally expect. There are stylized leaves through out the piece. This piece doesn't actually have a border. The woman artisan who made this piece gave it a very clean contemporary aesthetic when she styled the classic elements.
The plain cotton weave base is embroidered with red, indigo and white cotton embroidery. The delicate use of the pattern darning technique gives it an almost three dimensional look. Use the magnifier to look at the white stitching on the white base background. Every bit of the fabric is covered with small Kantha stitches. There is amazing detail.
Watch this video to learn more about the piece by Cultural Cloth founder Mary Anne Wise:
If you have questions about this piece, email Mary Anne at email@example.com.