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Discover the Kantha Quilts of Bengal
June 22, 2010
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It's not every day that you have the opportunity to see the incredibly detailed and finely embroidered Kantha quilts constructed by the women of Bengal using fabric remnants recycled from worn clothing. If you live in or will be visiting the Philadelphia area this spring or early summer, however, that opportunity will be right at your doorstep. An exhibition of these amazing textiles is on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, now through July 25. To learn more, click here. Along with scraps of fabric, these industrious women used threads taken from worn- out saris to embroider pieced foundations with lavish scenes depicting animals, lush gardens, and various gods and goddesses. The art form was passed from mother to daughter, and transformed even everyday objects into beautiful works of art.

 
 

 
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