#26 I am wearing this beautiful Kantha silk saree which me and my sister-in-law bought from Roop Milan 18 yrs ago. Those days, Mumbai was new to me and I was not very familiar with roads and local trains. One day, we both decided to venture out to other side of the town. As we were walking there and having fun, it started to rain.We had to run to take shelter. We looked up to see the place which is giving us shelter. It was a garment showroom. We thought, rather than standing here, let’s go in and explore the store. We went to saree section and saw this saree. My sister-in-law told me that ‘you don’t have any Kantha. Take this. It is gorgeous.’ She draped it for me and I really liked it. We picked it. 😀
It’s has rich handwork all over and exquisite heavy and long pallu.
I was reading about Kantha stitching and came to known that this is perhaps the oldest forms of Indian embroidery.The Kantha Embroidery is the predominantly the most popular form of embroidery practiced by the rural women of Bengal. Originally this stitch was used to make simple quilts.Women typically use old saris and cloth and layer them with kantha stitch to make a light blanket, throw or bedspread. The yarn is taken from old saree borders.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.
These are one of those exclusive sarees in my wardrobe which I intend to pass on to my girls, very proudly.