Some of the Textile Collection
of Gurusady Museum
(Most of these were personally collected by Shri Gurusaday Dutt)

KANTHAS

The Kanthas or embroidered wraps are the priceless collection of this museum. People from all over the world refer to these collections (210 in all), which were made in the early 19th to early 20th century by the Bengali womenfolk. Majority of the collection of this museum are from undivided Bengal, collected personally by Shri Gurusaday Dutt in the early 20th Century. Incidentally Gurusaday Museum has the largest number of Kanthas in the world in its collection.

Kanthas are generally meant for regular use in the Bengali village households as wraps, light quilts, bedspreads, etc. They were originally made by hand stitching several layers of old & used saris or fine cotton cloths and then embroidering them with floral, animal, human or geometric folk motifs. The womenfolk painstakingly makes them still today, during the leisure hours. These Kanthas, the highly decorated ones, were also gifted to the daughters during their marriage ceremonies and as a token of love. The old and highly decorated Kanthas have now become collectors item. They have also become a major folk art industry of Bengal and are done on all kinds of dresses - from Designer Saris to Men's Kurtas.

Sujni Kantha
C. 19th Century A.D.
Size: 5’9" X 4’1/2"
Khulna
Undivided Bengal
(made by Manada Sundari)
(Sujni Kanthas are big kanthas
used as bedspreads)


Sujni Kantha
C. 19th Century A.D.
Size: 5’9" X 4’1/2"
Jessore
Undivided Bengal

Bayton Kantha
C. 19th Century A.D.
Size: 2’10" X 2’ 10"
Khulna
Undivided Bengal

Details of the Baytan Kantha

(Baytan Kanthas are used to cover food plates)

Durjani Kantha
(Hand Bag)
C. 19th Century A.D.
Size: 10"X 5"
Faridpur
Undivided Bengal .
Bayton Kantha
C. 19th Century A.D.
Size:3' X 3'
Jessore
Undivided Bengal
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to enlarge
Arsilata Kantha
C. 19th Century A.D.
Size:14"X 8"
Khulna
Undivided Bengal

SARI

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Nilambari Sari
Cotton, Dhaka
Undivided Bengal
Early 20th Century A.D.
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Details from the above Sari
Design Book of Mursidabadi Silk
.

A page from Design Book of Mursidabadi Silk collected by Shri Abonindranath Tagore is perhaps the only collection of its kind in the world.

Mursidabad, Bengal, 19th Century A.D

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