pintuck block-printed cotton, kantha, sari, cutwork; cotton, silk, viscose
Pintuck – Indian block printed cotton. Woodblock printing is the earliest, simplest and slowest method of all textile printing, done by hand it is capable of yielding highly artistic results sometimes unobtainable by any other process. A pintuck is a fold of fabric that has been stitched to hold it in place, much like a pleat, usually stitched on the right side of the face fabric creating a visual line at a chosen point arranged in a series of parallel lines. This collection of vibrant prints with the pintuck detail are a wonderful contemporary union.
Kantha is a type of embroidery and is still the most popular form of embroidery practiced by rural Bengali women in both silk and cotton. Kantha stitching is popularly used to make simple light quilts using old saris and cloth. Layered together theses pieces of fabric are stitched together using the ‘Kantha’ stitch making them into light blankets, throws or bedspreads. In the best examples, the entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals, birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday life. The stitching on the cloth gives it a slight wrinkled, wavy effect.
Saris, originally derived from Sanskrit sati which means ‘strip of cloth’ and native to the Indian Subcontinent, is a strip of unstitched cloth, worn by females that is draped over the body in various styles. Typically woven in silk and/or cotton theses pieces of fabric can measure up to 7metres in length.
Cutwork is a needlework technique whereby a second layer of fabric is overlayed and sewn onto the base fabric creating a geometric pattern. The delicacy and beauty of cutwork is the levels of transparency created due to the layering technique.