[Above, a detail from a 19th-century Kantha (embroidered quilt) as seen in Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal, currently on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.]
[Full view. The textile was made with plain weave cotton and features cotton embroidery in back, buttonhole, darning, outline, satin, split, running, seed, fern, dot, and zigzag variation stitches.]
Friendly reminder: there's a little over a week left to see how some Bengali women expressed their creativity and told imaginative stories using a needle and thread in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Forty kanthas (embroidered quilts made with recycled remnants from old clothes) are on view through July 25 as part of Kantha at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Related reading: Global Dispatches.