Quilt of the Month

October 2014

October 2014

Maker unknown
Circa 1900 - 1925
Probably made in Jessore, Bangladesh
43 x 67.5 inches
IQSCM 2012.001.0004

Kanthas are known for their limited color palette, using a few colors of thread on a white background, but more importantly for their elaborate imagery depicting daily life and beliefs in eastern India and present-day Bangladesh.

This distinctive early 20th century example of East Indian kantha depicts the Hindu deities Krishna and Radha framed by two intertwined snakes. A spinning chakra wheel, located near the serpents’ heads, also represents vital spiritual forces.

The image of an elephant and a white man on horseback represent colonial British rulers of India.

Learn more about kanthas in the online exhibition South Asian Seams and World Quilts.

View the quilt in high resolution on the Google Art Project.