9 Indian Embroidery crafts you need to know about! (Part 1)


The technique of embroidery involves using a needle and thread or yarn to decorate materials. The common types of needlework all have a wide range of embroidery techniques and styles

9 Indian Embroidery crafts you need to know about!
Part 1

1. Chikankari
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 

Embroidery 1

Chikankari is a gorgeous Lucknowi embroidery style that may be applied to a variety of materials. Muslin, organdy, voile, net, and mulmul are the fabrics that chikankari worked on the most frequently. Every one of these fabrics has certain qualities that make it perfect for chikankari.


2. Zardozi
Agra, Uttar Pradesh 

Embroidery 2

Beautiful metal embroidery known as zardozi was originally used to adorn the royal and kingly clothing of India. Additionally, it was used to ornament the scabbards, wall hangings, and accessories for the royal elephants and horses, as well as the walls of their tents. Using gold and silver threads, intricate motifs are created in zardozi embroidery. The work’s splendor is further enhanced by the pearl and precious stone embellishments.


3. Banjara embroidery
Lambada gypsy tribes, Andra Pradesh 

Embroidery 3

The needlework technique known as lambani or banjara combines vibrant threads with designs, mirror work, stitching patterns, appliqué, and patchwork. Dark blue or red are typically utilised among the thirteen base cloth colours available for embroidery. Although they still primarily employ hand-loomed fabric, they now also use ready-made options. The fabric is constructed of cotton khadi that has been chemically or naturally coloured with Rathanjot, Kattha, Chawal Kudi, pomegranate peel, and other ingredients.


4. Kashida embroidery

One of the earliest types of embroidery, Kashida, often spelled Kasida, has its roots in Jammu and Kashmir. In order to produce various patterns, thick coloured threads and beads are used in kashida embroidery. One of the distinguishing characteristics of this type of needlework is the prevalence of kashida motifs that feature pictures drawn from nature, such as vines, birds, leaves, and flowers.

This needlework, which is made using a particular chain stitch, is utilised on warmer textiles like silk, cotton, and wool and on clothing as well as household furnishings like rugs, cushion covers, and bedspreads.


5. Gota pati

Gota is essentially Lucknow-made gold and silver lace. The weft yarn in this metallic lace is covered in metal, and the warp yarn is made up of ribbons of cotton and polyester fibre. The fabric is covered with tiny zari pieces that have had their edges stitched down to form designs. The zari threads are typically constructed of copper with gold or silver colour gilding, actual silver, gold plating, or an imitation. Gota ribbons are made by weaving a weft of silk or cotton thread through a wrap of flattened gold and silver wire. This is then applied to other textiles as trimmings. Gota patti can be found on turbans, rakhis, torans, home decor, and juttis in addition to traditional Indian clothing.




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By Priya

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