[Detail view, Kantha (embroidered quilt), made in Faridpur, Bangladesh, second half of the 19th century. Artist/maker unknown. Philadelphia Museum of Art.]
There are several good reasons to be on the lookout for Selvedge, issue 33, as well as the following issue scheduled to be out in May. The former offers a cover story on embroidered Indian quilts traditionally made from the remnants of old clothes (kantha), and takes a look at the exhibition, Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz and the Stella Kramrisch Collections, on view through July 25 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
[Katazome image via Selvedge, issue 33.]
There is also a shorter piece on collecting katazome, Japanese stencil-printed fabric. (Last year, I did a project with katazome paper.)
[Image via Selvedge, issue 33.]
And then in the next issue, the magazine looks at the embroidery of Susie Cowie -- she created the "tree pillow" in Bright Star. Other stories expected to appear will cover the history of bridal haute couture, weddings in film, and Jane Austen and fashion. If you can't find Selvedge at your local book shop, digital subscriptions are available for purchase.