Kantha Sari is popular North Indian saree which is done on cotton fabric with cross stitch embroidery. The elegance and dignified finish of the Indian saree makes it cherished by north Indian women. Embroidery used in Kantha Sari is very simple and this simplicity is the main attraction of the Indian saree . The saree suits senior citizens or other women who prefer sober appearance. The cotton saree is starched for embroidery purposes so that tacking of the threads are easy and accurate.
Kantha Sari employs patterns like horse, camel, tortoise, butterfly and fish for its embroidery subjects. These patterns are used in an array of imaginative ways that makes embroidery pattern highly attractive. The base colour of the Indian saree and the threads used are mostly pastel shades. Zari threads are rarely used in Kantha Sari because any mistakes in tacking would provide serious problems that cannot be corrected. This form of embroidery is popular in Indian saree from West Bengal and Bangladesh in particular. Tourists who visit Bolpur and Shantiniketan take home these sarees as souvenir.
Kantha Sari is a cottage industry product. The Indian saree gets wrinkled and wavy effect after Kantha embroidery is applied. The thread for this embroidery was pulled from borders of used cloth traditionally. The patterns of Kantha Sari resemble tribal paintings. Kantha sari has worldwide acclamation as it reflects high class taste. Kantha Sarees are popularly worn by Bengali women. Running stitch is used in a very diligent manner for embroidery in Kantha Sari .