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The fine art of decorating fabrics with mirrors

The basic purpose of mirror work was decoration on a plain fabric. Traditional belief of the evil eye being warded off, through the deflection of the evil gaze from the wearer’s body, was also partly responsible for the popularity of mirror work fabrics in certain regions. Today even the fabric would be offended if it is not rewarded with multiple gazes. Known as Shisheh (Persian) or Abhala Bharat embroidery it involves the affixing of small mirrors or other reflecting metal in different shapes, on clothes or apparel, hangings, tapestries, and other uses on cloth.

How it is done

Mirrors are fixed to the fabric by placing the mirrors in the desired places and putting cross stitches over them in a pattern. The patterned stitches not only hold the mirrors in place but additionally contribute to the beauty of the saree as designs. Stitches that are made to hold the mirrors in place are generally chain stitch and herringbone stitch, though sometimes you could see the spot step stitch, satin stitch or the blanket stitch being used.

The special appeal of mirror work on fabrics

Mirror work on sarees lend them a sparkling appearance, enhances the look of plain sarees or those with dull appearance and if imaginatively used tend to heighten the appeal of designer fabrics. It has been used effectively on a variety of fabrics like cotton, silk, chiffon, crepe, georgette and Supernet. Innovative uses have been made like the subtle strategic positioning on the fabric as part of an intended design, where the mirror is used in specific shapes to lend more life-like quality to the fabric. For example, it could be Bindi on the forehead of a woman’s face, very shapely sparkling eyes of a face or the centre of a flower in a floral pattern.

The circular shape is most popular, though other shapes like square, triangular, or some other geometrical shape like polygon, hexagon, also figure in the designs and fixed to the fabric by placing the mirrors in the desired places and putting cross stitches over them in a pattern.

Some trivia about mirror work

Shisha embroidery can be traced back to Iran in the 17th century. It was brought to India during the Mughal Rule. One of the Mughal queens is said to have encouraged the art. It originally started with the decorating of fabrics through reflective metal pieces such as Mica, Tin or Silver. Over a period of time, the use of glass pieces came into use. Thin bubbles of glass were blown for this purpose and then broken into small pieces. Current times have machine made glass with silver coating on the back, cut into desired shapes and sizes, and readily available at shops for fabric ornamentation. Sometimes Mica or hand-blown glass, are used as substitutes. Mirror embroidery is popular in South Asian countries particularly India, Pakistan, Aghanistan and China. Initially practised only in Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is today an art seen in most parts of the country.

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There is a beautiful range and depth of variety in the mirror work sarees at Unnati silks. You have cotton printed sarees using small mirrors in a flowers pattern all over the saree, with naksi woven borders and a designer pallu. There is the Bhagalpuri pure Dupion silk saree with floral mirror work, multi-colour patch border and a designer pallu with large attractive multi-colour mango bootis. Crepe satin silk sarees with tie & dye embroidery, Chanderi pure silks, Crepe georgette sarees with prints and embroidery. There are sarees for any occasion – weddings, parties, as bridal attire, traditional functions, special social occasions etc.

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