we visited shantiniketan today - headquarters of bengali kantha, among many other things. it was a four-hour journey by car (1-way), made quite pleasant by stops at roadside stalls where we drank chai out of tiny ceramic cups and ate treats shaped like sausages!
once in shantiniketan we prowled around the university campus (began by rabindranath tagore) and finally made our way to shops and stalls selling kantha. the stitching was beautifully done, though we both feel it suits the western market best in small doses. the intricate patterning and needlework becomes very intense very quickly. we didn't come across any kantha quilts, though. we figured since the kantha quilt is made by and for the poor it's not made for semi-wealthy tourists. we see this as a missed opportunity - one will we happily seize.