The textiles and crafts of the Kutch region of India are world famous, and for good reason! From colorful embroidery laden with glittering mirrors to intricate block prints done by hand, the textiles and crafts are some of India's finest. Read on for photographic proof... and to learn how the crafts of Kutch can fund your next trip to India!
Kantha embroidery is a type of folk art where worn-out garments are given a second life. Bengali women created the technique several hundred years ago, using old thread to create running stitch designs. The name "kantha" comes from "kontha," which is the word for "rags" in ancient Sanskrit. #traditional #embroidery #textiles
Indian (Mysore) quilted armor (peti), late 17th c, thick quilted armor was used to protect Mysorean soldiers going into battle, apparently with a great degree of success. Benjamin Sydenham, an aide-de-camp to Richard Wellesley, stated that "it is perfectly certain that that these stuff and quilted jackets were frequently found to resist the sabres of even European Cavalry" (quoted in Moienuddin, Mohammed, Sunset at Srirangapatam. After the Death of Tipu Sultan, Hyderabad, 2000, p. 92).