(i can see the question marks in your eyes;))
here you see a shostir chino on my mug of the week:
last week i did a lot of researches about kantha, the "original" Thing, beyond the well-known running stitch blankets (or whatevers);
you can get a lot of Information if you ask mr Google: "Kantha; the Embroidered Quilts of Bengal"
i repeatedly came across this Symbol in the samples i found:
it Looks like a pinwheel, and it is referring to the movement of the universe.
(actually it is also seen in Hindu, Buddhist, Native American and other indigenous cultures throughout the world.)
it looked sort of happy to me (i thought of Christmas-time scandinavian peppermint lollies... what does this tell about me??)
and i looked for a pattern to stitch some myself:
on the blog of Judy Martin i found two Posts about it, too
she does not pre-sketch it on the fabric, but i did.
it was stitching just for fun... maybe it will end up on a Holiday Cloth or something, who knows...
and if you have the time, you can watch a Video from an Exhibition in Philadelphia 2010
unfortunately the catalogue is sold out and i can´t afford the Amazon sellers...
i Need a Sponsor;)