In book "Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art", edited by Darielle Mason, different authors narrate stories of kantha embroidery of Bengal, which became a household art form woven by ordinary womenfolks in rural Bengal. This book describes fascinating art with the aid photographic documentation of stunning beautiful pieces of art. Many of these artworks now have become collectible items to art lovers and collectors. Many museums outside West Bengal and Bangladesh also have collected some of these items as their regular exhibits. This book contains nine long essays by leading scholars, which explore the domestic, ritual, and historical contexts of the fascinating quilts in these collections. Kantha quilts of the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art were made between the mid-19th and mid-20th century in erstwhile Bengal province of undivided India, now Bangladesh and West Bengal, India. Authors also trace their reinterpretation as emblems of national identity and works of art. I found following three chapters very informative and interesting: (1) Background texture: Lives and landscapes of Bengal's embroidered quilts, by Darielle Mason; (2) From rags to riches: Valuing Kanthas in Bengali households, by Pika Ghosh, and (6) A many-splendored thing: Kantha technique and design, by Anne Peranteau.
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