A Celebration of Nature and Life in Kantha by Mahamaya Sikdar

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Size : Medium
Dimensions : H: 35 (in) by W: 35 (in)
Medium : Cotton Thread on Tussar Silk Fabric

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Mahamaya Sikdar's traditional Kantha artwork on tussar silk canvas is a vibrant tapestry, intertwining elements of nature and daily life through colorful motifs. Inspired by the rich biodiversity and cultural heritage of Bengal, Sikdar’s embroidery features a myriad of motifs including fishes, flowers, and geometric patterns. At the heart of this masterpiece is a large, captivating floral pattern that draws the viewer in. Each motif reflects Sikdar’s deep connection with her surroundings, portraying the beauty of Bengal's landscapes, the diversity of its wildlife, and the rhythms of rural life. The meticulous details in Sikdar's Kantha embroidery reveal her exceptional craftsmanship and artistic vision. With skillful Kantha stitching techniques, she brings each motif to life, capturing their essence and character. Beginning with a base of tussar silk canvas, she carefully selects vibrant threads to stitch intricate patterns and designs, resulting in a visually captivating piece. Sikdar’s unique interpretation of traditional Kantha art offers a fresh perspective on this ancient form, blending contemporary Kantha patterns with vintage Kantha designs. Through her work, she celebrates the cultural significance of Kantha, preserving its heritage while infusing it with a modern flair. Sikdar's handcrafted Kantha art exemplifies the artisanal Kantha crafts, showcasing the ethnic Kantha textiles that are integral to Bengal’s cultural tapestry.

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Mahamaya Sikdar, a distinguished recipient of both the President’s Award and a National Award, epitomizes a profound dedication to textiles and heritage, instilled in her from a tender age where craftsmanship was a cherished part of her everyday existence.

Having imbibed the exquisite art of Kantha from her maternal lineage, Mahamaya Ji generously imparts her mastery to a collective of approximately 300 women. Through her guidance, she not only offers them a valuable source of income but also ignites a fervent passion for quilting among younger generations.

Each day, Mahamaya Ji's journey commences with nurturing and directing artisans in their respective tasks, diligently overseeing their progress until the sun bids farewell. Under her nurturing leadership, she fosters an atmosphere of camaraderie and productivity, where artisans share their daily achievements over evening tea.

Despite the laborious process involved, with some creations demanding up to a year's dedication, Mahamaya's unwavering guidance ensures that simpler quilts reach completion within mere months. Through her visionary leadership, she not only sustains the livelihoods of these artisans but also preserves the rich tradition of Kantha for posterity.


Kantha embroidery is an indigenous household craft initially practiced by rural women of Bengal and Orissa. It involves layering up soft and worn-out clothes using a simple running stitch with colorful threads. A usual Kantha cloth has a slightly wrinkled and wavy appearance and the designs are identical on both sides. Nevertheless, each piece of Kantha is unique as there are no formal rules and all the elements like color, composition, and techniques depend on the craftsman. History and Legend Kantha may owe its name to kontha, the Sanskrit word for rags. The history of Kantha traces back to ancient Bengal, where women would skillfully stitch together layers of old saris and dhotis to create beautiful quilts. Originally, Kantha served as a means of recycling worn-out garments, transforming them into stunning pieces of art. Over time, this craft evolved beyond its utilitarian purpose, becoming a cherished tradition passed down through generations from mother to daughter. Based on a legend, print Siddharta (who later became Mahatma Buddha) was donned only in a ‘chhinna Kantha’ or tattered Kantha, when he left his home in search of ultimate truth. The great thinker and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore also wrote about this incident in his poem Ebar Phirao Morey. Technique Kantha embroidery encompasses a wide range of products, including sarees, dupattas, quilts, and wall hangings. The identity of Kantha embroidery lies in its distinctive running stitch, known as "Kantha stitch." Traditionally, this stitch is executed by hand using a fine needle and colorful threads. The artisans skillfully create intricate patterns and motifs, ranging from floral designs to geometric shapes, using variations of the basic running stitch. The choice of material often reflects the regional variations within Kantha craft, with each region showcasing its distinct motifs and color palettes.

Product Details

A Celebration of Nature and Life in Kantha by Mahamaya Sikdar
Mahamaya Sikdar
Art Style
Cotton Thread
35 in(H) X 35 in(W)
Folk Art
Brown, Red, Black
Country of Origin
West Bengal, India

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