For as many as 50,000 years, rural Bengali women have been upcycling their cloth scraps and old saris into much-needed blankets. This is the practice of Kantha (pronounced KAHN-taa), meaning “patched cloth”. Initially passed down as a generational skill, Kantha has developed into a coveted and intricate craft that imparts story, desire, and well-wishes. Elaborate Kantha are made as wedding or baby gifts with stories and wishes interweaved, allowing illiterate women the chance to leave a lasting mark.
Using hand printed block fabric, you will learn to use a running stitch in the traditional Kanthan style to make your very own purse. Under the direction of experienced Kantha embroidery instructor Manjari, you’ll learn the history and best techniques of this ancient Indian textile art. Our culture is trending away from single-use and towards meaningful, well-crafted goods with a low environmental impact, and Kantha perfectly fits the bill. You’ll leave with a greater understanding of this age-old Bengali practice, its history and methods, and an upcycled, sustainable purse to take home.
- Learn to use a running stitch in the traditional Kanthan style
- How to make a purse using this traditional method
- Learn the history and best techniques of this ancient Indian textile art
- All materials provided
- You'll leave with a handmade kantha purse made by you!
- Just yourself!
Vendor since 2014
Work-Shop is a creative concept that will broaden your horizons and help you unleash your inner awesome. We provide affordable short courses in life skills and alternative art. We’ve teamed up with Australia’s brightest creative minds to share their knowledge and help teach you a new skill.
From printmaking and stencil art through to music and gardening. From life skills and personal development through to blending tea and parkour, we offer a broad range of fun and creative short courses to suit our time poor lives. We will inspire you to pick up that pen, paintbrush, hammer or sewing machine and flick the switch that will kickstart a whole new way of life.
Locations: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Fremantle
Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. Refunds and transfers will not be processed if cancellation occurs within 48 hours of the event commencing. If you do miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. For cancellations prior to the 48 hour cut off, email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a refund or transfer.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes, however, let’s face it… sometimes shit happens! Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.
Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Work-Shop or organised by Work-Shop must agree to these terms and conditions.
1.) LIABILITY WAIVER
- Any damage, loss or theft incurred to personal property property brought into Work-Shop’s premises.
- Any physical injuries sustained as a result of participating in any class or event organised by Work-Shop.
I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Work-Shop.
2.) PHOTO & VIDEO
I agree to give Work-Shop unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs or videos taken at Work-Shop classes and events or on Work-Shop’s premises. (Don’t worry, we’ll only these use to show others how much of a rad time you’re having through social media, newsletters, blogs, website and general Work-Shop promo material)
Work-Shop requires 48 hours notice in writing prior to the class for a full refund or transfer. If you miss this window, earn some extra karma points and give your ticket to one of your buddies. Email email@example.com to organise a refund.
We’ll do our darndest to run all scheduled classes. Most of our classes must have a minimum of 5 participants before we can put them on. In the event that a class is cancelled, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund or credit.