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Nakshi kantha is a kind of embroidered quilt. The name was taken from the Bengali word, ‘naksha’ which means artistic pattern. It is a kind of traditional craft and is said to be indigenous to Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. The art has been practiced in rural Bengal for centuries. The name ‘Nakshi kantha’ became popular after the poet Jasimuddin’s poem ‘Nakshi Kanthar Math’ was published in 1929.

Traditional kanthas are made for family use. Old or new cloth and thread are used to make these quilts. Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Faridpur, Bogra and Jessore are most famous for this craft. Now it is produced commercially. You can find them in many expensive handicraft shops in cities. The quilts are now in great demand because of the colorful patterns and designs embroidered on them.

1. Choose the best answer from the alternatives.

a. The name ‘Nakshi Kantha’ was derived from the word .

i. English ii. Bengali

iii. Hindi iv. French

b. This art has been continuing for .

i. generations ii. centuries

iii. years iv. ages

c. The word ‘indigenous’ refers to .

i. foreign ii. native

iii. hand-made iv. indigestible

d. ‘Nakshi Kantha’ becomes popular for its .

i. beauty ii. high price

iii. advertisement iv. low price

e. It is made old or new cloths.

i. used ii. using

iii. uses iv. all the above

f. The word ‘demand’in line 20 of the text means .

i. price ii. need

iii. popularity iv. familiarity

g. The word ‘ Nakshi Kantha’ is a kind of kantha.

i. normal ii. special

iii. ordinary iv. simple

Answer to the question no 1

a. ii. Bengali; b. ii. centuries;

c. ii. native; d. i. beauty; e. ii. using;

f. ii. need; g. ii. special.

2. Give short answers to the following questions.

a. What is Nakshi Kantha?

b. What are used to make Nakshi Kantha?

c. Why are the traditional Kanthas made?

d. How did the name ‘Nakshi Kantha’ become popular?

Answer to the question no 2

a. Nakshi Kantha is a kind of embroidered quilt.

b. Old or new cloth and thread are used to make Nakshi Kantha.

c. The traditional kanthas are made for family use.

d. The name ‘Nakshi Kantha’ became popular after the poet Jasimuddin’s poem ‘Nakshi Kanthar Math’ was published in 1929.

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