Katha Stitch Saree
Katha Stitch is a popular form of embroidery, is a symbol that displays the skill and talent of the rural women of West Bengal. The traditional form of Katha embroidery was done with soft cotton sarees, with simple running stitch along the edge.
Traditionally women would take 4 to 5 cotton sarees, layer them together and create different running stitches on them which they then used as blankets to cover their children with. However, what started as a way to make life more comfortable went on to become a big trend in clothes and furniture as well. Nowadays Katha Stitch sarees are very popular in the states of West Bengal, Orissa in India and in Bangladesh.
Generally Katha Stitch applied in the border of the saree. But some cases, the entire saree is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals, birds and geometrical shapes, as well as themes from everyday activities. The stitching on the saree gives it a slight wrinkled, wavy effect. Apart from saree Katha Stitch is applied to a wider range of garments such as dupatta, shirts for men and women, shawls, covers for mirrors, boxes, and pillows, mostly using cotton and silk.