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Textile Arts Council Film Screening and Conversation: "Kantha In Bangladesh: From Hidden Corners to Public View"

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Textile Arts Council Film Screening and Conversation: "Kantha In Bangladesh: From Hidden Corners to Public View"

Photo courtesy of Cathy Stevulak.

Virtual Event

Join us for a screening of THREADS, the documentary film telling the story of Surayia Rahman, a Bangladeshi artist, and how she transforms kantha, the traditional Bengali technique of repurposing old sarees into patchwork embroidered fabrics, into an internationally recognized art form.

With the advent of “fast fashion” manufacturing in Bangladesh in the 1980s, economic necessity forced these women to abandon their looms and hand textile production to work in urban factories. The pandemic, along with the decline of fast fashion, is reversing this trend. Factory closures have cost many garment industry workers their jobs, leading them to leave the cities and return to their rural villages. The future of women artisans in Bangladesh, the preservation of indigenous arts, and the creation of a sustainable future for artisans in the era of global fashion are all questions that remain unanswered.

Following the viewing of the film, there will be a conversation between the filmmaker, Cathy Stevulak, and Dr. Sanchita Saxena, a UC Berkeley scholar of labor rights in the garment industry.

Cathy Stevulak is a filmmaker and international program consultant. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Stevulak lived around the world while working with the United Nations Development Program in Bangladesh, the Canadian International Development Agency, NATO and CARE.

Dr. Sanchita Banerjee Saxena is the Executive Director of the Institute for South Asia Studies (Institute) at UC Berkeley and the Director of the Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies under the Institute.

Ticket Information

$5 for members of FAMSF, the Textile Arts Council and the UC Berkeley Community; $10 General Public. Presented via Zoom.



The Textile Arts Council; the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in collaboration with the Chowdhury Center, UC Berkeley. With additional support from the Tracing Patterns Foundation and TAC members Ellin Klor & Callista Jerman.

Contact Information

Textile Arts Council
(415) 750-3627