Kantha is a kind of embroidery native to Bengal and is almost exclusively practised by women, many of them from home. It is a source of income for a lot of rural women who probably sell their exquisite craft to a middleman for a song, not knowing the astronomical price it will fetch from the final buyer. That’s economics for you! Kantha Kantha Kantha
This piece and the border were cut off from an old saree because the body was disintegrating. Fortunately the border and pallav were intact so I put it on one of Ma’s sarees. The narrow black border that you can all along the edge is part of her saree. So this a joint collaboration between Ma, Mejdi (my sister)¹ and me!
Model in the header pic: Radhika Nag
Concept up-cycling, styling and photography: Joy Bimal Roy
Location: The Roys Bungalow, Bandra
¹Yashodhara Roy designed costumes for films such as Govind Nihalani’s Hazar Chaurasi Ki Ma and Takshak.