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Nine Years of Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

3.05.2012

Now and Then: Robshaw and Kantha

[Screengrab from House Beautiful video.]

I'm captivated by all of the fabrics featured in HB's video sneak peek at John Robshaw's new collection for Duralee but Mahout (detail shown above) takes me back to Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal, a 2010 exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 [Exhibition catalogue still available here.]

[Above, a detail from a 19th-century Kantha (embroidered quilt) as seen in


[Full view.]

A quick Monday afternoon mix with folk embroideries from past posts was too hard to resist.  Kantha typically refers to embroidered quilts made with recycled remnants from old clothes. (In the video, Robshaw explains that he was inspired by a variety of traditional Indian embroideries.) You may also recall the V & A's kantha collection -- a recent gift from collector Karun Thakar in memory of Mark Shivas. An earlier gift to the museum from Lady Grace Vincent appears less dense but has loads of charm.

[Coverlet with human forms on elephant back, Dumka, India circa 1897,
 cotton embroidered with cotton thread, the V & A collection.]

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