The enhancing adornment – embroidery work

Embroidery or decorative needlework is usually done on fabrics like the salwar kameez and the saree, often of a picture or pattern, to heighten the appeal. It is practised in various forms in different parts of India.

The spread and variety of the art called embroidery

Handcrafted embroidery is exclusive and a treasured art since it is painstaking, time consuming, and a lot of care and dedication is put in by ethnic practitioners into the work, resulting in flawless creations of exquisite beauty. Zardozi is metal embroidery done on various fabrics like salwar kameez using gold or silver colour coated copper wire along with a silk thread. Popular since Mughal times , zari thread today, employed for zardozi is Imitation zari using gold or silver coated copper wire or mostly zari made from metallic polyester film. Chikankari is intricate embroidery on salwar kameez and sarees. An art form where, the design or pattern print is transferred to the cloth, the embroidery done on it and the print washed away later leaving only the embroidery behind. Once done only with white thread on plain white fabrics, today it uses coloured threads too. Lucknavi chikankari is the most famous of chikan work in India. Kantha Work, is embroidery work done on salwar suits, with a running stitch on them in the form of motifs. These motifs could be animals, birds, flowers, simple geometrical shapes and scenes from everyday life. It gives the fabric a wrinkled and wavy look and transforms a plain salwar kamiz into an extraordinary creation. Other forms of stitch such as darning stitch, satin stitch and loop stitch are also used. Based on the use of the fabric, Kantha is divided into seven different types.

Bagh is special embroidery practised by women in rural Punjab. Heavy, exquisite embroidery on chudidar kameez especially the lehenga type, where the base fabric is hardly visible, it is mostly done for special shalwar kameez for occasions like festivals and weddings. Phulkari or the floral embroidered motifs evenly distributed over the fabric is the lighter version of Bagh. Kashida is embroidery done in the Kashmir valley and draws its subjects from nature and its offerings like leaves, floral arrangements, fruits, nuts etc. to be displayed as motifs on the rich Pashmina sarees, salwar kameez, shawls and other apparel. Kutchi embroidery is microscopic, exquisite, painstaking and awesome. The sensational designs and patterns that form from calculated stitches done purely from memory, defies description. The outcomes are breath-taking. There are others also like Parsi embroideryknown for the intricate thread working, with unique patterns and exceptional detailing. There are very many more handicrafts of skill and accuracy spread across the country.

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