A Kantha is often referred to as woman's diary. Stitching in different arrangements form the complex vocabulary of Kantha. The embroidered quilt is also known as 'Dorukha' meaning, turning the old cloths to things of beauty.

The embroidery sessions become an opportunity for the rural women to socialise and a welcome break from the drudgery of monotonous chores. The entire cloth is covered with running stitches, employing beautiful motifs of flowers, animals, birds and themes of everyday activities.

More than 600 rural women are involved with Kantha making in Nanoor of Birbhum district. Government of West Bengal's Department of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises & Textiles, in association with UNESCO, has developed Rural Craft Hub in Nanoor.

People visiting Shantiniketan can plan a day tour to Nanoor to witness Kantha tradition.

How to reach?


Nanoor is 164 kms away from Kolkata and takes about 4 hrs to reach by car. Visitors can also avail train from Howrah station to Bolpur Santiniketan which is the nearest railway station and 18 kms away from Nanoor.

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Where to stay

Where to stay?

There are many hotels, resorts, guest houses and lodges in Bolpur Santiniketan including the WBTDC lodge which has 39 well furnished rooms.

Special Attarction

The local Kantha artists of Nanoor celebrate their heritage through a village festival called Kantha Mela.