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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Tells Stunning Beauty of Kantha Embroidery of Bengal
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing!
As I have always loved this type of naive embroidery, the amazing cover seduced me and I ordered the book.
I was pleased to see the numerous plates reproduced but rather disappointed to find that only very few details of the plates are magnified.
I own a copy of "Greek Embroidery 17th-19th Century" Works of Art from the Collections of the V&A Museum. The book is...
Published on 22 April 2010 by M. Michaelides


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3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing!, 22 April 2010
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As I have always loved this type of naive embroidery, the amazing cover seduced me and I ordered the book.
I was pleased to see the numerous plates reproduced but rather disappointed to find that only very few details of the plates are magnified.
I own a copy of "Greek Embroidery 17th-19th Century" Works of Art from the Collections of the V&A Museum. The book is divided into two sections: the plates in one section and some details of the plates in the other section.
I deplore the fact that Kantha Embroidery is not presented in a similar fashion so that one could fully admire the motifs and the detailed stitching of those beautiful Works of Art
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book Tells Stunning Beauty of Kantha Embroidery of Bengal, 12 Oct 2014
This review is from: Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic, 25 Mar 2010
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Saw this amazing book on Amazon as as I adore Kantha work and own several older pieces I had to have this book. It does not disappoint and has truly fabulous photography and good information so much so that I have purchased a copy for a friend in India who also loves and collects this work. Highly recommend it.
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