Kantha in Paris | Part of Sew & Sew Retreats in Paris

Learn the art of  Kantha Embroidery in this 2 day workshop with me in Paris, part of an exciting 10 day textile adventure curated by Sew & Sew Retreats. 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.  All levels welcome, including beginners. Enrol Via Sew & Sew Retreats 

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 Kantha Embroidery | Part of Textile Retreat hosted by Sew & Sew Retreats in Paris

Retreat Dates:  17-29 Sept 2024

All levels welcome, including beginners.

Course Outline

oin me in Paris to learn Kantha embroidery this September. I will be teaching a 2 day workshop as a guest artist – part of a wonderful 10 day long Textile retreat in Paris curated by Sew and Sew Retreats. Textile lovers are in for a treat – there will be tours, workshops and walks in the heart Parisian world of fashion and textiles.

Registrations close on 30th June, so get in quick.

During the workshop you will learn to embroider illustrative motifs in the centre of your kantha and simple geometric motifs for the border and learn their symbolism. We will discuss finishing options for the kantha too.  I will share inspiring images from international museum archives, and her field trips to India to discuss the historical context of kantha, symbolism and share her approach to kantha.

There will be plenty of time for individual feedback and Q&A.

The retreat includes 10 inspiring days in Paris, workshops with 2 other artists, museum visits and a host of textile treats.


About your tutor Ekta Kaul 

Ekta is an established artist and author 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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