Kantha Embroidery | Virtual Masterclass | JANUARY


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 Fri Fri 12 – Sat 13 2021

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

Course Outline

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

Under Ekta’s gentle 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 illustrative samples from her personal collection of  Kantha, discuss the historical context of Kantha and share contemporary approaches by artists to inspire you. By the end of the masterclass you will have the skills and confidence to develop your Kantha project further.


A materials pack including fabric, needles and threads will be sent to you. You may also use your own preloved fabrics or garments.

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.  Ekta’s work is held in several public and private collections including the Crafts Council’s , 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. Ekta loves to share her skills and 20 year’s worth of experience at embroidery Masterclasses at museums including Victoria & Albert Museum, Kettles Yard, Leighton House Museum amongst others.

Kind 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

“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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