Some of these include the quilt (called lep in Bengali), a large spread (nakshi kantha), cosmetic wrapper (arshilota), puja floor spread (ason), wallet (batwa, thoiley), clothes wrapper (bostani) and floor spread (galicha), among others. She creates embroidered StoryMaps rooted in narrative and textiles that celebrate a contemporary, pared down aesthetic and focus on timeless simplicity. It can embellish as well as join layers, and appears in several avatars within my work—as a line, a motif or texture on my textiles and as graphic marks on my paintings. Ekta Kaul is a London based textile artist. Ekta’s embroidered cartographic quilts—“StoryMaps”—seek to tell personal stories of place through maps. While the craft can be traced back to pre-Vedic times, it’s the rural women of Bengal who have kept this tradition thriving, repurposing and stitching together layers upon layers of soft saris and old dhotis with a reinforcing running stitch, using motifs depicting birds, animals, fish, folks stories, mythological characters, etc, to tell a graphic tale. 4,712 Followers, 1,894 Following, 1,147 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Ekta Kaul (@ekta_kaul) She trained in Fashion at the National Institute of Design (NID, Ahmedabad) in India, where she won the Charles Wallace and British Council scholarships to pursue her Textiles MA in the UK. Her practice is focused on creating narrative maps that explore places, histories and belonging through stitch. She was a scientist and a prolific collector of saris. Today is the day lovely people! Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist based in London. Jun 16, 2020 - Explore Emma's board "Sashiko & Kantha", followed by 899 people on Pinterest. Ekta Kaul traces the evolution of kantha embroidery, and tells us about her upcoming workshop at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Ekta’s creative voice is a combination of her Indian heritage and British training. What a wonderful experience- to share stories of place and belonging while learning stitch from Ekta. This is one of my favourite trees on a much loved, It's here! It was a fantastic day! Clients & Collaborators include See what they say £175 pp My virt, So well said @_zetteler_ !! I love kantha’s ethos of mending, repurposing and upcycling. No posts were found. Ekta creates bespoke embroidered maps based on personal histories and small editions of scarves exploring contemporary expressions of stitch. Spend time with acclaimed artist Anita Klein at her studio (19 Sep 2020, afternoon) followed by a full day embroidery masterclass with Ekta at her central London studio and a nourishing home cooked lunch (20 Sept 2020, 11am-5pm). I feel so happy to be bringing this unsung textile to a wider audience. The textile tradition, where the humble running stitch plays a starring role and fuses layers of fabrics into embroidered wonders, derives its name from the word ‘kantha’, which roughly translates to ‘rags’ in Sanskrit. I love its simplicity, provenance and ethos. Learn to hand embroider a custom map that celebrates memories of a place of personal significance under the expert guidance of Ekta Kaul. Projects; Press; Events She creates embroidered StoryMaps rooted in narrative and textiles that celebrate a contemporary, pared down aesthetic and focus on timeless simplicity. This live Masterclass will be held over two afternoons (or mornings depending on where you are) and will be held virtually. With over 30 years experience in the contemporary craft sector as Director of Bluecoat Display Centre, and regularly showing over 350 carefully selected designers of quality and originality, I have to confess that the stunning textiles by Ekta Kaul are definitely in my top ten. About your tutor Ekta Kaul Ekta is an established textile artist and a highly experienced educator. Running stitch and its variations exist in embroideries of several regions in India including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Bengal. About Ekta Kaul. Join Ekta Kaul for an uplifting weekend of creative play, art, stitch and wholesome food. I believe we can learn so much by revisiting tradition. A material pack with fabrics and threads will be sent to you. Scroll ahead for a closer peek at Ekta Kaul’s StoryMaps. If the adage ‘a stitch in time, saves nine’ could be applied to any craft form, it would be to the folk art of kantha embroidery. Despite its simplicity, kantha is an incredibly versatile stitch. I am also an educator, and see sharing my skills as an important element of my practice. Collaborations. Using kantha to tell her creative story (albeit in a modern, interpretive way) is London-based textile artist Ekta Kaul, who creates ‘StoryMaps’—narrative cartographic textile maps “that explore places, histories and belonging through stitch.” The National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad) graduate uses the versatile running stitch to create monochromatic pieces of art that are housed in several collections, including those at the Gunnersbury Museum, Liberty’s of London, Chiswick Library and of private collectors. Ekta Kaul is a London-based textile designer creating narrative textiles that celebrate the skills and techniques of modern craftsmen. I create ‘StoryMaps’, which are narrative cartographic textiles in stitch. Using kantha to tell her creative story (albeit in a modern, interpretive way) is London-based textile artist Ekta Kaul, who creates ‘StoryMaps’—narrative cartographic textile maps “that explore places, histories and belonging through stitch.” My approach is to develop contemporary expressions by using the vocabulary of time-honoured techniques. Her work is inspirational. She creates ‘StoryMaps’ – narrative embroidered maps that explore place, history and belonging through stitch. Here, she gives us some insight into the folk form and her continued fascination with it. Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and highly experienced educator. This live Masterclass will be held over two afternoons (or mornings depending on where you are) and will be held virtually. Then I will guide the participants in developing their individual creative responses through drawing, mark making and embroidery. Ekta creates bespoke embroidered maps rooted in narrative and limited edition scarves. Ekta will introduce you to a dictionary of Kantha stitches through a gentle step-by-step demonstration and share the cultural context of Kantha textiles in Bengal. Over time, kantha developed into a variety of end uses and has specific names referring to its end use. Thanks for reading our stories. Under Ekta’s guidance you will learn to use Kantha stitches to create pattern and texture. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exquisite hand craftsmanship, simplicity and timeless style. Ekta Kaul is an award-winning textile artist, maker, and educator. It promises to be a really exciting day of being immersed in unhurried learning, developing creativity and enjoying conversations with like-minded textile aficionados. Join award-winning artist Ekta Kaul to discover Kantha embroidery techniques. Her textiles are imbued with character, they speak of exquisite hand craftsmanship, simplicity and timeless design. Traditionally, old saris and dhotis were layered and embroidered with threads pulled out from the borders and repurposed into functional or decorative textiles. The art and tradition of textile hangings has been reimagined for contemporary interiors by two of Guilded’s textile artists and craftswomen: Anna Gravelle who specialises in tufted abstracts, and award-winning cartography specialist Ekta Kaul whose work is highlighted this week. Dr Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool. Interestingly, this spirit of celebration in kantha is quite different to boro textiles from Japan, although boro also employs similar stitches and layering of old textiles. At the V&A workshop, participants will study exciting examples of kantha textiles from the museum’s world-class archives. Whenever she travelled to West Bengal for conferences, she used to return with suitcases full of the most exquisite kantha, baluchari and jamdani saris.