Kantha embroidery often features motifs inspired by nature

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Kantha work is a traditional form of embroidery that originated in the Indian subcontinent, particularly in the regions of West Bengal and Bangladesh. It is characterized by simple, running stitches that are used to create intricate patterns and designs on fabric, typically on sarees, dupattas (scarves), quilts, and other garments.The word "kantha" refers to the actual stitching process, which involves using a small, straight running stitch along the edges of fabric pieces to create a decorative pattern. Historically, kantha embroidery was done by hand using old, worn-out cloth and thread pulled from used garments.Kantha embroidery often features motifs inspired by nature, such as flowers, birds, animals, and geometric patterns. The designs can vary widely depending on regional influences and the creativity of the artisan.