Posted by Cathy and Len

We were saddened to learn from her family that Surayia Rahman — mother, artist, mentor, leader — passed away peacefully at her home August 23. She touched so many lives during her 86 years, and is now at rest.

Surayia Rahman’s painting “Eternity” (1982). Photo credit: Kantha Productions LLC.

Posted by Cathy

Thank you to our friends at ClothRoads for the recent blog post about making THREADS.  We were happy to share some behind-the-scenes stories about how the documentary was created and some of the challenges and serendipity involved.  THREADS took five years to make … and the story is still continuing!  The blog post also has images from the earliest stages of film production to the final version of THREADS.  Thanks, as always, to Anil Advani for his photographs of Surayia Rahman and the artisans she worked with for 25 years to create exquisite embroidered nakshi kantha wall hangings.

Be sure to take a look at all of the ClothRoads website to experience textiles from around the world.  The site is a global textile marketplace where you can obtain unique items and whet your appetite for travel to see them being made in person.  The blog contains articles that you won’t find elsewhere, offering insights into textile creations and creators.  If you have an interest in world textiles or meaningful travel, the ClothRoads blog is a must-read.

 

Filming at Surayia’s home

 

 

Posted by:  Cathy and Len

Welcome to the new, updated, kanthathreads.com!

Many, many thanks to Elizabeth Hendrix of RippleFLIX for her vision, energy and skill!  We appreciate your help more than we can say.  And thanks also to the tech staff at Siteground for helping us go live today.

Threads is now available for educational institutions, libraries and for community screenings at distributor Collective Eye.

For home use (without public performance rights) you can buy a DVD on Amazon.com or stream the film on Vimeo.com.

Please help us spread the word, and ask your public library and school to get a copy!

Surayia and women of ARSHI.

Posted by:  Cathy and Len

In our most recent newsletter you can learn about the trip that we took to Bangladesh and India to bring Threads to multiple audiences including women and girls as well as artisans.   Bringing the film back to Bangladesh, where the story started, has been one of our goals for years.  We are very thankful to the many friends and sponsors who made this possible.

THREADS screening at Chhayanaut, Dhaka, organized by Spreeha.  Photo credit: Salil Halder.

We are working now on making Threads available on DVD and for streaming or download.  We’ll announce here and on Facebook when you and others can buy your own copy of the film.

Thank you again to all of the loyal friends and supporters who have helped to make this film possible!

 

 

 

Posted by:  Len

Here is the link to the latest newsletter from Threads.  As you can see in the newsletter, and from the growing list of laurels on the website homepage, the film is reaching a wider and wider audience.  If you know of people or places that should host a screening of this film, please have them contact us or let us know how we can reach them.  info@kanthathreads.com.

One of our next goals is to dub the English portions of the film into Bangla so that we can show it widely in Bangladesh.  We hope to have exciting news soon about when Threads will screen there.

Thanks again to everyone who has supported Threads!  We could not have come this far without your help.

Surayia in a scene from THREADS.  Filmed by Mishuk Munier.

Surayia in a scene from THREADS. Filmed by Mishuk Munier.