SOLD OUT Illustrative Kantha Embroidery | 29-30 Nov 2023


Learn the art of Illustrative Kantha Embroidery in this new masterclass with Ekta. Kantha are stitched & quilted textiles from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in sustainability, storytelling and mindfulness.  Discarded fabrics are layered, embroidered and repurposed into textiles for function or display using stitches. The lotus and other floral forms, tree of life, paisleys, scenes from daily life are significant motifs in Illustrative kantha. Motifs often represent local flora, while others symbolise abundance, folk deities, mythological stories and the cosmos. 6 hours of live tuition and a carefully curated material pack is included. All levels welcome, including beginners.

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Illustrative Kantha Embroidery | Live Masterclass on Zoom

Venue Live on Zoom. Recordings will be available for 4 weeks after the class.

Date  29-30 November 2023

Timing 4-7 pm GMT or 9-12 am PT  or 12am-3 pm ET. Check your local time here .

All levels welcome, including beginners.

Course Outline

In this first part of this new kantha series learn the art of illustrative embroidery inspired by Kantha tradition. Kantha are stitched & quilted textiles from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in sustainability, storytelling and mindfulness.  Discarded fabrics are layered, embroidered and repurposed into textiles for function or display using stitches. The illustrative style is marked by figurative designs based on themes drawn from everyday life and include botanical, animal and human figures. You will learn stitches used in illustrative kantha and make your own kantha design

Session 1 | 29 November

In this richly illustrated and interactive session, we will begin with understanding what kantha is, its cultural significance, its ethos, vocabulary of stitches and motifs looking at examples of Illustrative Kantha that I have chosen from personal and museum collections in India, US and UK. I will share insights I have gained from my years of research into kantha travelling in Bengal as well as museums across India. You will learn a range of traditional kantha stitches including outline and filling in stitches to create motifs and patterns through step by step demonstrations. You will learn about the structure and construction of kantha. I will show you how to easily develop design ideas taking inspiration from traditional forms and how to transfer your designs onto fabric. You will then proceed to embroider your designs.

Session 2 | 30 November

You will learn the characteristic kantha quilting stitch which gives the fabric a rippled appearance. I will also show you  finishing techniques and share display ideas. You will leave with skills to complete your kantha stitched art. The outcome may be a wall piece or a panel that can be used in other projects. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.

A pdf of techniques and design ideas will be shared with you.


A materials pack including fabric, needles and threads will be sent to you. You may also include your own preloved fabrics or garments. Shipping for the material pack will be calculated at checkout.

What’s included

  • Carefully curated material kit with fabric, threads, needles.
  • 6 Hours of live tuition with me over two sessions.
  • Recording available for a whole month after the course ends.

Where will the course take place

This masterclass will be held live on Zoom. A link to the class will be sent to you a few days before. The number of participants is restricted to a small group to ensure all students have ample time to get individual feedback, discuss ideas. You will need access to a laptop/tablet with a camera and microphone.

About your tutor Ekta Kaul 

Ekta is an established artist known for her narrative maps that explore place, history and belonging through stitch.  Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including the Crafts Council’s , Museum of London and Gunnersbury Museum’s permanent collections.  Ekta loves to share her skills and 14 years’ worth of experience as being a practising artist. Ekta has been invited to teach masterclasses at museums including Victoria & Albert Museum (London), Kettles Yard (Cambridge), Leighton House Museum (London) amongst others.

Appreciative words from happy students 

” A soothing hands-on experience in your magical world that integrates traditional craft methods with an artistic approach. It was a great privilege to be part of the Kantha Masterclass with creative women around the world. Thank you for sharing your passion with us!” 
Marina Karageorgou, Attica, Greece

“Thank you for a brilliant course on Kantha stitch. So pleased to have my hands working cloth again! And to revisit my archive of prints and conjure up a whole new world of ideas… My fave thing was the chats with the other women from all around the world and all the new artists you introduced us to.”

Prof Rebecca Earley, London UK

“The focus on creating for the joy of it and embracing imperfection. Ekta is a wonderful inspiring artist and teacher.”

Monique Tricot, Devon, UK

“Getting up at 4am to learn Kantha Embroidery from Ekta and joining women spread across 3 continents was a highlight. Thank you for a great class.”

Nathalie Smith, Colorado, USA


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