Nakshi katha is the expression of ultimate excellence of hand-stitching. It is one of the most famous traditional products of Bangladesh crafted on fabric with fingers by the rural women artisans with needle and silk thread. The colorful design of the nakshi katha is created by the creative minds of the rural artisan. Using different motifs and patching of stitches, they create story of village life, myths of folks, legends of history,joy and happiness of life, events of life even sometimes it becomes abstract with beautiful pattern (alpana). As nakshi katha is totally hand crafted every nakshi katha is unique in design and color.
The tradition of nakshi katha is flowing among our society for centuries and still inspiring and adorable. Nakshi katha is mainly used as light quilt and is also used as bedspread. Hanging Nakshi katha on the wall can bring a different gorgeous look in the living room. Use of small nakshi katha for wrapping newborn is also very popular.
Traditionally nakshi katha is stitched by the rural women in their leisure time. Rural women from different parts of the country posses this skill from family tradition. It takes around months or even years to finish a katha. This distinguishable needle work is very adorable to the urban people and also to the foreigners. Quality of nakshi katha depends on the fineness of the needle work, however size, design, choice of color, quality of fabric and the thread also makes the difference. Low grade fabric, below standard size, screen print to depict the design and very poor quality stitch sometimes harm the belovedness of this adorable traditional products.
Nakshi katha is not just a piece of cloth; it is a part of the tradition and culture in Bangladesh, it is the expression of hand stitching capability of the rural artisans. Make it a habit to gift nakshi katha in every occasion that will bring smile not only to your beloved ones but also bring joy to the un-privileged rural women. [Rongbahar.com]