Lesson 2: Nakshi Kantha
Nakshi kantha is a kind of embroidered (sewed, sewn, inflated) quilt. The name was taken from the Bengali word, ‘naksha’ which means artistic (creative, imaginative, inventive) pattern (design, pattern, shape, form, decoration). It is a kind of traditional craft (skill, ability) and is said to be indigenous (native, local, original, homegrown) to Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. The art (painting, skill, talent, drawing) has been practiced in rural (rustic, pastoral, country, countryside) Bengal for centuries. The name ‘Nakshi kantha’ became popular (general, common, standard) after the poet Jasimuddin’s poem ‘Nakshi kanthar Math’was published in 1929.
Traditional (old, old style, outdated) kanthas are made for family use. Old or new cloth and thread (cotton, fiber) are used to make these quilts. Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Bogra and Jessore are most famous for this craft. Now it is produced (made, created, shaped, formed) commercially. You can find (get, discover) them in many expensive (expensive, luxurious, lavish) handicraft (craft, hand work, art) shops in cities. The quilts (comforters, sheets, blankets) are now in great demand because of the colorful patterns (types, shapes, designs, forms) and designs embroidered (sewed, sewn, inflated) on them.
1. Complete the sentences with clues given
Naksha means artistic a) ……. .The name was taken from a b) ……… word c) ……… . The art has been practiced in d) ……. Bengal for e) ……… Nakshi kanthas are now sold in f) ……… shops. Nakshi kanthas are in great demand because of their colourful g) ……….. and h)………… .
Nakshi kanthas are a kind of i)……… .
2. Answer The Following Questions:
a. What is Nakshi kantha?
b. What does naksha mean?
c. What is traditional craft?
d. What is Nakshi kantha said?
e. When did the name ‘Nakshi kantha’ become popular?
f. What is ‘Nakshi kanthar Math’?
g. Who was the writer of ‘Nakshi kanthar Math’?
h. Why are traditional kanthas made for?
i. What are used to make these quilts?
j. Which areas are most famous for this craft?
k. Now what is produced commercially?
l. Where can we find the Nakshi Khatas?
m. Why are the quilts now in great demand?
Ans. To the Q. No. 01
a. patterns b. Bengali c. noksha d. rural e. years f. fashion g. patterns h. designs i. art
Ans. To the Q. No. 02
a. Nakshi kantha is a kind of embroidered quilt.
b. Naksha means artistic pattern.
c. Nakshi kantha is traditional craft?
d. Nakshi kantha is said to be indigenous to Bangladesh and West Bengal in India.
e. The name ‘Nakshi kantha’ became popular after the poet Jasimuddin’s poem ‘Nakshi kanthar Math’
f. ‘Nakshi kanthar Math’ is a poem of poet Jashim Uddin.
g. Poet Jashim Uddin was the writer of ‘Nakshi kanthar Math’.
h. Traditional kanthas are made for family use.
i. Old or new cloth and thread are used to make these quilts.
j. Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Bogra and Jessore are most famous for this craft.
k. Now Nakshi kantha is produced commercially.
l. We can find the Nakshi Khatas in many expensive handicraft shops in cities.
m. The quilts are now in great demand because of the colourful patterns and designs embroidered on them.