What are the different embroidery designs done on a fabric?
Indian art and culture are considered a melting pot. It has been under the influence of nearly all civilizations of the world and its taste has been blended perfectly with India’s rich cultural heritage and the reason remains uncountable invasions and settlements.
So is the case with embroidery in India, even after thousands of years passed by it has been able to maintain its elegance and uniqueness not only in India but throughout the world. Each embroidery design beguiled with its peculiarity capable of making a serious style statement. While India boasts of a zillion embroidery designs, here we have cherry-picked some that have been inspiring generations of designers from across the world; Art That You Can Wear
- Chikan / Chikankari
Chikan is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow. Initially, it was worked upon only in white but with changing times it had set its wings in all available colors done by stitching on various materials of cloths.
- Zari / Zardosi
Originated in Persia, in this embroidery design golden and silver threads are sewed along with precious stones.
Aari embroidery is a specialty of Kashmiri created in fine, concentric rings of chain stitch using a long hooked needle.
Born in Rajasthan, this embroidery design uses zari from Lucknow originally done with gold and silver wires of varying lengths woven in a fabric such as georgette or bandhani by backstitching. This form of embroidery design is available in suits, dupattas, sarees, ghagras, and lehengas.
In Bengal and Odisha, Kantha Kantha is a traditional embroidery design practiced by rural women made with a simple running stitch along the edges decorated by motifs of birds, animals, flowers, and everyday activities with short gaps. The Kantha embroidery is found in sarees, dress materials, bed covers, wall hangings, upholstery, and a lot more.
Phulkari is the embroidery traditionally practiced in Punjab made up of flower motifs on the fabric. The embroidery is stitched on the reverse of the cloth so that the design takes shape in the front.
- Shisha / Mirrorwork
Mirror work, also known as shisha, is a popular craft from Gujarat and Rajasthan whose specialty is that is made by using small pieces of mirrors of various shapes and sizes, stitched in between colorful embroidery design. This type of work also adorns not only chaniya choli but also bags, accessories, decorative pieces, and home decor.
So, now you know whenever you want to make a fashion statement wear embroidery; it never goes out of style.