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Kantha is a form of embroidery which used to be practised by the rural women of West Bengal. The entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The colourful patterns and designs that are embroidered resulted in the name ""Nakshi Kantha"", which was derived from the Bengali word ""naksha"", which refers to artistic patterns. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slight wrinkled, wavy effect. Contemporary Kantha is applied to a wider range of garments such as sarees, dupattas, shirt lengths for men and women, furnishing fabrics, mostly using cotton and silk.
This Navy Blue Silk has White, Red & Yellow embroidery all over the Body in Pata or Leaf motifs while the Border consists of Circular motifs. The Gorgeous Pallu has the Lotus motif which is associated with purity and Goddess Laksmi, the goddess of good fortune and abundance. In the older kanthas, the central motif mostly used to be a fully bloomed lotus.
The Blouse Piece is plain with embroidery in the Sleeves.
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