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EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA / APPLIQUE WORK / APPEAL
APPLIQUE WORK
T
he special appeal of Applique work on sarees

The motifs for the Applique may be white or coloured with the fabric body of contrasting colour and could have intricate embroidery and mirror work also to make it highly ornamental. Motifs generally are elephant, parrot, peacock, duck, creepers, flowers such as lotus and jasmine. Half moon, Sun and Rahu (mythical Rakshasa) are also popular subjects. Colours used are limited to red, green, blue, brown and black. Also contrasts are followed but with a wide range of colours and hues. There is a shift to chemical colours without insistence on organic dyes alone. Patterns and motifs while still including traditional ones have now become more varied and colourful.