Kantha Haiku: A Kantha-Boro story

​”Kantha Haiku” is available to purchase from my Etsy store, here.

Description: This item is entirely handsewn, using fabric remnants and other recycled/reused/repurposed elements. My Kantha-Boro pieces can be used as scarves, table runners or wall hangings. Owing to the nature of handsewing and the Japanese Mottainai principle of “Waste not, want not”, each piece is unique and one-of-a-kind, with any imperfections in the fabrics or stitches forming part of the Wabi-Sabi ethos of being perfectly imperfect.

Style: Kantha-Boro. Indian Kantha running stitches in parallel rows, embroidered over Japanese Boro-style fabric remnants, which are simply pinned in place before oversewing.

Colours: Predominantly blue and white, to emulate Japanese indigo Boro, with splashes of vivid purple, orange and red floral accents, interspersed with a green and black fabric bamboo fabric pattern representing fields. The backing fabric is a thrifted pillowcase, with a pattern of chrysanthemums and morning glory flowers repeating all over it, again with purple, orange and red to complement the other side. The running stitches are an off-white crochet thread, which resemble falling snowflakes.

Snowflakes on flowers

Blanket their winter slumber

Spring is still a dream

Dimensions: 66 x 16.5 inches (168 x 42 cm)


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