Object StatementQuilt, 'Nakshi kantha' (embroidered quilt), cotton / silk, designed by Surayia Rahman, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1983 - 1984
Physical DescriptionQuilt, 'Nakshi kantha' (embroidered quilt), cotton / silk, designed by Surayia Rahman, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1983 - 1984.
A large, square, hand embroidered quilt on a cream background. The outside edge has been bound with red stitching in a zig-zag pattern. The dominant central motif is a black elephant embroidered with trappings and flowers, surrounded by four padma (lotus), amidst a profusion of gaily coloured plants, birds and symbols of everyday life. The central panel is surrounded by dark red herringbone stitching.
The outer border consists of red and pink flowers and green leaves which are varying interpretations of the lotus flower, being different on each of the four sides. On each of the long sides the lotus are interspersed with a sweeping 's' line. Inside that border again, on a pale blue background, there is a row of yellow boteh (in Bangladesh, kalka) motifs.
MarksEmbroidered on reverse 'SKILL DEVELOPMENT FOR/UNDERPRIVILEGED WOMEN/DEC. 1/83 - DEC 1/84/EIGHT WOMEN WORKING PER DAY/DESIGNED BY - SURAYIA RAHMAN/SUE AND ALLAN - WEDDING ANNIVERSARY/28.1.85'.