Having found her creative calling (and love!) in India, Textile Designer Anais Basu wishes to spread global awareness about ‘Kantha’ embroidery through her label ‘Tia Pakhi’. She wanted to give label a Bengali name since ‘Kantha’ – the craft Anais is reviving – is originally from Bengal. TIA PAKHI in Bengali is the name for the green parrots which fly around the region.
“The idea is to spread worldwide awareness about Kantha and embroidery skills in general,” – designer explains. “TIA PAKHI carries that idea of colours and exoticism. It also had to be a word which sounds pretty and happy in many languages. It gives the feel of a characteristic designer’s name. Sometimes I actually receive e-mails addressing “Dear Tia Pakhi…”. I like that contrast of simplicity and sophistication it exhibits.”
“The pieces are made with care and patience and are made to last. I use mainly Mangalgiri cotton for my collections as it is handwoven fabric which comes in a myriad of beautiful colours. I find yarndyed fabrics have much more depth in colour, which brings more beauty to the handwork. It also works very well for embroidery since it has a high count of yarns thus making it strong yet fine as a fabric.”
“I take special care in keeping the best finish possible to the final products to give justice to the hard work of the artisan. The idea is to create products which are hand crafted yet fit in a modern and sophisticated lifestyle.”
Read more about ‘Tia Pakhi’ and ‘Kantha’ embroidery in POOL 42.