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The Art of Kantha Embroidery

Niaz Zaman (Author)

In his foreword to the first edition of The Art of Kantha Embroidery (1981), Syed Zillur Rahman commended the book as the "first of its kind on the traditional arts of Bengal." This revised second edition of The Art of Kantha Embroidery includes all the information contained in the first edition but also brings it up-to-date by including the rapid changes that have taken place in the kantha since its revival in the eighties. With the help of line drawings, black and white and coloured photographs, the book documents kantha stitches, motifs, border patterns, articles and styles. It provides a detailed analysis of the technique of kantha embroidery as well as a glimpse into the lives of the women of rural Bangladesh.

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About the author

Niaz Zaman

Niaz Zaman is Professor of English, University of Dhaka. She was Consulting Editor, Arts and Humanities, for the National Encyclopedia Project of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Her venture into translation began in 1983, with her translation of Bangla folk tales, subsequently revised and published as Princess Kalabati and Other Tales. She has edited Selected Short Stories from Bangladesh, The Escape and Other Stories, and 1971 and After. Her other publications include A Divided Legacy, a study of novels on the Partition of India, which won literary awards from the National Archives and the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. Her articles and stories have also been published in books and journals at home and abroad. Her short story "The Dance," which is the title story of her anthology The Dance and Other Stories, won a Asiaweek short story award. She was also editor of the Bangladesh Journal of American Studies.

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Bibliographic information

Title The Art of Kantha Embroidery
Author Niaz Zaman
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2012
Edition 3rd Reprint
Language: English
isbn 9840512285, 9789845061032
length viii+176p., Figures; Plates (Col.); Map; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.