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EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA / KUTCH WORK / HISTORY
KUTCH WORK
Background

- Historically, it is said that Kutch embroidery was brought about by ‘Kathi’ cattle breeders who were brought by the mythological figure ‘Karna’ from the Mahabharata. Eventually these wanderers settled down and produced some fine needlework which displayed a variety of elements, designs, themes, patterns and moods - and this is how Kutch work was actually originated.

- Kutch embroidery has been there for centuries and in the 16th and 17th centuries Kutch embroidery pieces were exported by western countries.

- It is also believed that mochis or shoemakers were taught Kutch embroidery 300 years ago by a Muslim wanderer in Sindh and that is what started the tradition.

- However, Kutch embroidery has been around in various clans that have produced their own distinctive styles such as Rabaris, Mochis, Kanbis and Ahirs.

Sources of Inspiration

- A lot of the Kutch embroidery is influenced by various architectural designs and motifs such as the ‘Heer bharat’. Using the Heer Bharat as a mirror is easily fixed in the center that adds more beauty to the embroidery work.

- Kutch embroidery is mainly done in colours such as Green, Ivory, Indigo, Black, Deep red, Yellow and off White.

- This embroidery is also influenced by romantic motifs as well as patterns of human figurines in dancing poses and dancing peacocks too.

- A lot of motifs are also inspired by Persian and Mughal arts that are inspired by animals.

- Delicate beadwork is also incorporated with great finesse. The work is done on fabrics such as Cotton and Silk.