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Embroidery of India

Contemporary work by Indian designers


demonstrate the importance of gold and silver within the culture.The use of metal embroidery in Indian textiles and costumes.silver and multicolored metal threads. It is an ancient Persian art form dating back before the Mughal Empire.ZARDOZI • Zardozi is a very famous kind of an embroidery done on fabrics with the help of golden. especially the ones used for special occasions or ceremonial purposes. .


kora. wooden beads. sequins.• Now in this Bridal Lehnga you can see how beautifully Zardosi has been used by the designer Manish Malhotra on the edges of the Dupatta and the hem lines of the Ghagra. pearls etc. are used. . and plastic beads are being used today to enhance this kind of embroidery. the design to be embroidered is then transferred on to the stretched fabric. The fabric to be embroidered is first sewn on an embroidery frame called karchobi and is stretched uniformly. The materials used in this form of embroidery are as varied as the stitches. glass beads. Also items like shells. saadi. metallic beads stones. Metallic wires.

which has taken the contemporary fashion and furnishing sectors by storm. practised by the rural women of Bengal to make quilts and babies' wrappers (kantha) by tucking in layers (usually 3) of sarees and discarded cloth and embroidered with intricate motifs . Such has been the evolution of the kantha stitch . . using the simplest of stitches .folk.the run stitch. Kantha was a form of recycling. birds.the fine art of embroidery from Bengal initially done on quilts . animals and village art. They can weave their way through centuries and be reborn in various avatars.KANTHA • Threads can talk and create stories.


be it dhotis or the classic kurta. with new-age asymmetrical patterns in kantha or ties with kantha or the exquisite kantha-stitched wedding trousseau for the groom. pop art and Picasso.• He incorporates a lot of cave and folk art. still life. . SABYASACHI has taken the fine art to contemporary menswear. miniatures and Hindu Mythology in his designs. calligraphy of West and East Asia. Egyptian murals.

Chinkankari began as a ‘white on white’ embroidery. was also white and procured from Calcutta or Dhaka. Bangladesh (where the waters of the river Brahmaputra and Ganga meet and have bleaching properties). both sourced from Dhaka. The kutcha dhaagha (the thread) used for the embroidery. Mughal Emperor Jahangir's wife.CHIKANKARI • It is a traditional embroidery style from Lucknow. un-dyed white shazaada cotton or Dhaka ki mulmul. India. Chikankari was traditionally done only on pure.Chikankari has six basic stitches and over thirty-five other traditional stitches used in various combinations based on what the pattern to be embroidered requires . the word means embroidery. Literally translated. Nowadays Chikankari is done on the the finest of white cotton fabric called muslin or mulmul and voile(for the affordable low cost range). Believed to have been introduced by Noor Jahan.


White printed work through out border. It is paired with red designer sleeveless saree blouse. It is a white georgette saree. .white thread work all over saree. Gold embellished patch work designs and small embroidered sequins buttes.Kareena Kapoor Khan wearing a beautiful white traditional chikankari saree by her favorite designer Manish Malhotra.

Labour for this kind of embroidery is very cheap so the stuff embellished from phulkari is comparitively cheap.PHULKARI • It literally means ‘flowered work’. thus the stitches are worked in both horizontal and vertical directions. It is mostly done on khadi. Embroidery is done from the back side of the fabric and the general patters which are being followed are geometrical. This embroidery phulkari is mostly done in punjab. .


and is an almost extinct practice today. it is an embroidery technique exclusively used in Punjab for many years. and the style of phulkari used is 'baagh'.Model displaying moss green color raw silk saree with sequins mirror work. The border technique used is called phulkari. . These particular saris present phulkari work. it is one of the rarer used forms of embroidery. Even today. This technique was used for the royals of Punjab.