SOLD OUT | Kantha Embroidery | Virtual Masterclass | 5 Dec and 6 December 2020


Explore Kantha- a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent whose ethos are rooted in sustainability and mindfulness under Ekta’s gentle guidance. This live Masterclass will be spread over two afternoons (or mornings depending on where you are) and will be held virtually. A material pack with fabrics and threads will be sent to you.

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Kantha Embroidery Virtual Masterclass

Venue Zoom

Date Sat 5 and Sun 6 December 2020

Timing 4-7 pm GMT or 8-11am PT/PDT  or 11 am-2 pm ET. Check your local time here. 

Course Outline

Kantha is a beautiful stitch technique from the Indian subcontinent with a rich heritage rooted in storytelling and upcycling. Used fabrics are layered, embroidered and repurposed into textiles for function or display.

Under Ekta’s guidance you will learn to use Kantha stitches to create pattern and texture. Taking inspiration from the rich tradition of Kantha textiles, you will explore how to extend this vocabulary into contemporary expressions of stitch. The outcome may be a wall piece or a panel that can be used in other projects.

Ekta will offer individual help and feedback to guide you. The emphasis will be on developing your personal ideas.  She will share her creative process and will have illustrative samples from her personal collection of  Kantha to share. By the end of the workshop you will have the skills and confidence to develop your Kantha project further.


A materials pack including fabric and threads will be sent to you. You may also use your own preloved fabrics or garments. If you are based outside the UK, there will be an additional change of £15 (EU), £20(USA) to cover shipping.

Where will the course take place

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

About your tutor Ekta Kaul 

Ekta is an established textile artist and a highly experienced educator. She creates ‘StoryMaps’ – narrative embroidered maps that explore place, history and belonging through stitch. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exquisite craftsmanship, careful attention to detail and a sensitive use of colour and materials. Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including bespoke StoryMaps for Liberty London’s and Gunnersbury Museum’s permanent collections.  You can see her work at a select group of galleries in the UK and internationally including The New Craftsmen, Contemporary Applied Arts, Museum of Art and Design NYC, Conran Shop Tokyo among others. When she is not making new works, Ekta leads embroidery Masterclasses at museums including Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Leighton House Museum amongst others.

Here’s what happy students say

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

Monique Tricot, Devon, UK

Silverlinging of lockdown- getting up at 4am to learn Kantha Embroidery from Ekta and joining women spread across 3 continents. Thank you for a great class.”

Nathalie Smith, Colorado, USA


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