Raas Leela Arshilata Kantha - 27

Raas Leela Arshilata Kantha - 27" x 9"

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This Nakshi Kantha was crafted in Bengal during the 19th century.

Kantha is a Bengali folk tradition of embroidering textiles using recycled cloth. This Kantha features a scene called Raas Leela, which loosely translates to "Dance of Divine Love". It is a traditional story of Krishna in Hindu scripture. Krishna is depicted atop a lotus with a flute in hand with Radha, his chief consort to his left upon another lotus flower. It is embroidered in navy and red thread with a simple border on recycled cotton cloth. 

Kanthas is this format are called arshilatas or mirror-covers. The mirror plays an important part in Bengali marriage rituals.

In very good condition for its age with some light wear to threads and cotton with very minimal staining.


Size: 27" x 9" [70cm x 23cm] 

Age: 19th Century

Country of Origin: East Bengal (Bangladesh)

Type of Textile: Kantha

Material: Cotton

Condition: Very Good




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