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Connection, Community, and Care: Embroidered Kantha

Wednesday, September 20,
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST

Art historian Pika Ghosh discusses embroidered kantha from colonial Bengal in terms of community and care in this virtual talk. Organized in conjunction with A Century of Kanthas: Women’s Quilts in Bengal, 1870s–1970s.

Things to Know

  • There will be time for a Q&A at the end of the program.​
  • A link will be sent to registrants prior to the program from Public Programs (
  • The program will be recorded. A link to the recording will be sent to everyone who registers for the program.

About the speaker:

Pika Ghosh teaches South Asian visual culture and religion at Haverford College. Her research interests range from early modern temple architecture to repurposed textiles and embroidery in colonial India, terra cotta sculpture in the religious visual culture of eastern India, and painted paper handscrolls in performance. Her first book, Temple to Love (Indiana University Press, 2005), addressing the role of a distinctive regional architectural form in framing devotional practice, received the inaugural Edward C. Dimock Prize in the Humanities from the American Institute of Indian Studies. Her recent monograph, Making Kantha, Making Home (University of Washington Press, 2020), listens to textiles for the voices of their female needleworkers at the intersections of domestic networks, memories, perceptions, sensorial resonance and emotional experience. This project builds on research on kantha for the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 2009-10 exhibition and catalog, which received the College Art Association’s Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award for museum scholarship.

Sponsored by the Graduate Guides.


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