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John Gillow, leading author and lecturer will discuss the kantha quilts of Bengal: fascinating textiles valued for their beauty, their fine stitchery, and their vivacity of design. Made from worn-out muslin saris and dhotis, each one, bestowed for a marriage or the birth of a child, is a unique gift of love. Embroidered on the recycled surface of the quilts are motifs depicting household and farm goods, means of transport, places of worship, colonial figures, and literary, local, or political heroes. The whole of life in the late 19th century and early 20th century rural and urban Bengal can be found illustrated in fine stitches. Above all, it is the individuality and often the humour of each piece that appeals. Kantha quilts reflect the sometimes quirky outlook of a Bengali housewife and mother as she looks out in wry amusement at the society that surrounds her. For information on how to register, visit www.schooloftextiles.com.