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Wild silk scarf with Nakshi Kantha hand embroidery. Motif depicting objects from the culture and everyday life of women in rural West Bengal, India. They designed and embroidered this scarf. A work of art of tribal art. Read more..
A spectacular large shawl, plaid or wall decoration at the same time. Used as a wrap, you'll transform any basic outfit into something special. As a throw over a chair or over the foot of your bed, it's a unique eye-catcher. As a wall hanging you'll look at a piece of Tribal Art. Suitable for many purposes, for a lifetime. This beautiful item never goes out of fashion and never loses its value.
The silk of this scarf is hand-spun and hand-woven. For this, the fine threads are selected from wild silk (Tussar silk). The beautiful, exclusive embroidery is 100% handmade. Women in rural West Bengal in India embroider in the age-old tradition of so-called Kantha embroidery. They have specialized in Nakshi kantha, where the traditional basting stitch has been elevated to an art form. The designs of the embroidery are taken from objects of everyday life and inspired by cultural and religious traditions and beliefs.
Hand weaving and hand embroidery is done without the use of electricity. Empty cocoons of hatched silkworms are used for the silk. The women embroider together, at their own pace at times that suit them. Making a Nakshi Kantha scarf can take about 2 months to half a year.
Under the auspices of 60-year-old Takdira Begum, a national winner of her kantha work, women embroider this beautiful fabric by hand.
The first step in this process is designing the pattern to be embroidered, which is then drawn on tracing paper. This is done by Takdira Begum herself, who also determines the color palette. Then the lines of the pattern are pierced by hand with a pin and the paper is laid over the silk fabric. A paste of chalk and turpentine is rubbed over the paper and seeps through the small holes on the fabric below.
Once the pattern lines have been applied to the silk fabric, it is ironed and distributed to the women who take it home to embroider. Once completed, the fabric is hand washed several times to remove any stains and the trace lines.