EMBROIDERIES OF INDIA / APPLIQUE WORK / PROCESS -2
- The craft consists of cutting intricate floral, animal and geometrical patterns in fabric that are then sewn together by hand. Muslin is generally used as the base material.
- Thick count fabric for a strong and durable base and a thinner count for the upper layer, which is to be cut and stitched together are chosen. These are cut in the size of 16” x 16” panels for work ease.
- Desired patterns are either individually cut on the thinner fabric (in case it is a new design) or they are stacked together, starched and ironed to make them crisp and then cut together in a stack, running a rolling blade tool over the entire stack.
- These layers are then separated and sandwiched with the thick count muslin at the base and distributed amongst the women.
- These individual square panels are then joined together to make bed sheets, cushion covers, curtains, table runners, dress material etc.
- More than a hundred designs, are available to form as many patterns. Mirror work with tiny round mirrors embedded in the white applique work gives it a special breath taking appeal.
- Working since 50 years in the craft of applique work, a major turn in the way they were combining fabrics to create applique masterpieces came when a buyer insisted on turning it all white. Their white on white applique were much appreciated all over the world and appealed to a large sector of people with taste for subtlety.
- ‘Godadi’, thick covers for winters out of all other products made originally are the most popular ones.
- Flaunting the dexterity of a pair of skilled hands, small abstract patterns of applique adorning a garment or animal motifs with trees enhancing home furnishings have remained popular.
Applied pieces usually have their edges folded under, and are then attached by any of the following:
• Straight stitch, typically 20-30 mm in from the edge.
• Satin stitch, all around, overlapping the edge. The patch may be glued or straight stitched on first to ensure positional stability and a neat edge.
• Reverse appliqué: the attached materials are sewn together, then cut away where another material covers it on top, before being sewn down onto the edges of the original material.
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