Lives and works in New York, Paris and Seoul
Artist in residence at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Artist in residence at Musée d'art contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France
1998 - 1999
Artist in residence for the World Views Program at the World Trade Center, New York, USA
1992 - 1993
Artist in Residence, MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, USA
Lithography studio at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
(French Government Scholarship)
MFA, Painting Dept., Hong-IK University, Seoul, South Korea
BFA, Painting Dept., Hong-IK University, Seoul, South Korea
Ziva born in Kiryat Haim, Israel in 1939. Between the years 1955-59 she studies at new Bezalel, Jerusalem, and in 1958 wins an acquisition prize. In 1972 Ziva moves to New York and In 1975, wins a scholarship for excellence from the Art Students League of New York.
The most common Nakshi Kantha products are quilts. Its thickness depends on whether a summer or winter wrap is required, and old discarded saris and cloth are layered accordingly. The women then use various forms of a running stitch to embroider the borders and to decorate the quilt with different designs. Oftentimes the women reuse the cotton pulled from the saris and are able to create colorful and vibrant quilts.
Each Nakshi Kantha item is unique in design and color. By manipulating the stitches, the women are able to create various ripple effects, creating different textures and looks. Most Nakshi Kantha makers follow a basic pattern for embroidery, using a lotus as a centre piece with vines, representing the tree of life, running from each corner towards the lotus motif. In between the spaces of the vines, decorative motifs are embroidered and can range in various forms. Some of the most popular motifs are elephants, peacocks, horses, kitchen items, boats and tigers. Sometimes the quilts tell the stories of myths and legends through their pictures, with dancing, hunting and other everyday tasks being depicted.
It is also said that the Nakshi Kantha items are blessed with protective powers, able to keep harmful spirits at bay. They can also ensure happiness, happy marriages, fertility and fulfillment, as the creator is believed to be able to stitch her wishes into the fabric. Over the years, as the need for various items has evolved, the Nakshi Kantha art has expanded, offering a variety of specialized items such as ceremonial and ritual items, cloths for wrapping toiletry items, mats, pillowcases, bedspreads, placemats, wall hangings, spreads for seating, prayer rugs, mirror covers and handkerchiefs.
The art of Nakshi Kantha has survived from ancient times into the modern day, still inspiring needle workers to create new designs and remaining a sought after item in every home. Visitors often purchase these items as souvenirs and gifts for loved ones back home. It is a part of the tradition and culture in Bangladesh that has helped many communities to survive, and brings joy and color to those who own them.