At the beginning, a clear contents page has been illustrated….
The book has been divided into sections, first we can learn about Kantha in its historical context:
Then we discover the tools we need to begin, the stitches themselves and what we can do with the samples we create.What makes it special? This book is said to be an ‘endeavour in creativity’. Hergert doesn’t just tell us how to do the stitches, she also gives us the developmental stages, for example how to turn our Kantha into a bag:
There’s a bright and colourful Gallery section:
This all helps to feed our creativity and helps us to visualise how we can personalise this technique.Photography
Lovely bright images have been illustrated alongside more muted ones, which gives a lovely variance:What is wrong with the book? There is very little which could be picked on; the only issue will be down to personal interest, as not all who have an interest in Textiles will find the subject area interesting. However most of us can gain something, even from the stitch diagrams or patterns themselves. Conclusion Traditionally Kantha is a diary, a way of its creator expressing themselves. This is something we can all do – what story or narrative will you stitch? Begin your Kantha journey by purchasing your copy here.