The future of kantha embroidery and the economic challenges for women artisans in the era of global fashion.
A screening of THREADS, the documentary film telling the story of Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, and how she transforms kantha, the traditional Bengali technique of repurposing old sarees into patchwork embroidered fabrics, into an internationally recognized art form. Today in Bangladesh kantha continues to support women’s economic opportunities and sustains artisan enterprise and the evolution of indigenous design.
Following the viewing of the film, there will be a conversation between the filmmaker, Cathy Stevulak, and Dr. Sanchita Saxena, a UC Berkeley scholar of labor rights in the garment industry. They will address the future of kantha embroidery and women artisans in Bangladesh, and the bigger question of how to preserve indigenous arts and create a sustainable future for artisans in the era of global fashion.
Watch the THREADS film trailer: https://kanthathreads.com/watch-the-film/