kantha embroidery Motif and technique by Mari Mochizuki

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95-year-old active kantha embroidery artist, Mari Mochizuki’s work & precious vintage collection in India.


Beautiful sashiko, kantha embroidery handed down in the Bengal region of India.
The author, Mari Mochizuki, is a leading figure in the spread of kantha embroidery in Japan.
Even now, at the age of 95, she is still active in production, and many of her classrooms are held at her home from afar.

She studied Western embroidery for a long time from a young age, and was shocked by the kantha embroidery she met in India when she was traveling, and she began to learn techniques by herself after she was 50 years old.
Kanta, an embroidery of the life of a Bengali woman piercing her family one by one, has no textbook or teaching.
She has traveled to India many times, collecting old embroidery fabrics there, studying her and refining her unique technique.

Not only her author’s work, but also her way of life and production style, and the handicraft of embroidery, which sublimates the beauty of life into art, are becoming more and more interesting.


This book is the long-awaited first collection of works by fans.She has posted a full-scale pattern and a part of the back side so that it can be used as a reference for those who are learning embroidering.

In addition, a valuable vintage embroidery cloth collection collected locally by the author is also posted.
The meanings symbolized by traditional canta patterns and basic techniques for those who want to start canta embroidery are also posted.

Paperback: 192pages
Publisher: Seibundo shinkosha(2021)
Language : Japanese

Author : Mari Mochizuki

Mari Mochizuki

Born in Tokyo in 1926. Growing up in Sendai.
When she entered Tokyo Women’s Christian University, she moved to Tokyo and lived in her dormitory. After she graduates, she returns to Sendai and she attends a dressmaking school.
She got married in 1949. Due to her husband’s work, she moves to Tokyo. She also lives in Shizuoka and Wakayama.
She studied under Western embroidery artist Ilze Brassi for several years. She studied European embroidery and continues her embroidery while raising children.
She was shocked when she first met Kanta in 1978 at the National Museum in Kolkata, India, where she traveled.
Since then, she has visited India more than 10 times because of her research in Kanta. She learns techniques by herself.
In the 1990s, she rented a 300-year-old folk house in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture, and made her a residence and workshop. She holds many productions and exhibitions at two bases, Iwaki and Kanagawa.
She is now back in Kanagawa and continues her production. She was selected for the New Crafts Museum Exhibition, the Japan Folk Crafts Museum Exhibition, and the Takaoka Crafts Competition.

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