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Traditional Embroidery (Nakshi Kantha) from Bangladesh

Forestdale, Massachusetts

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Women in Bangladesh, victorious over their circumstances and proudly sharing their traditional art

My aunt Faith Willard and I work with women in Bangladesh, in the crowded slums of Ershad Nagor, a former refuge camp after "The Partition". Faith started working in Bangladesh in the late 70s.

These women learn a traditional Bengali stitch called Nakshi Kantha https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nakshi_kantha and create colorful tapestries for pillows, bedspreads, wall hangings, and table runners. They take literacy classes and participate in medical and educational assistance for their children. They are passionate about the work, their culture, and caring for one another.

Buying an embroidery not only helps preserve this traditional art, but also helps support these wonderful women! These beautiful women, each with their own amazing story of victory, design the patterns and carefully trace them out on silk fabric.

Please join us in supporting these women.

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  • Jane Brooks

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    I work with Bangladesh women from the slums of Ershad Nagor. They use a traditional Bengali stitch to create colorful tapestries to support themselves and are passionate about their culture, and caring for one another.

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