Everything You Need To Know About Hand-Embroidery
Poems are usually written on paper. Usually. Verses of beauty expressed on fabric, the art of refined embroidery work is one that has been practiced since time immemorial. In complete awe of its subtlety, we have inculcated many forms of embroidery work in our styles. While our everyday essentials are laden with forms of thread work, sequins work and mirror work, our festive ensembles are meticulously embellished with the shimmering appeal of gota, aari and zardozi work. A rhythmic composition of sorts, the eloquence of fine embroidery-work accentuates the allure of our block-printed patterns.
The origin of hand embroidery can be traced back to the Mighty Middle-East. One of the earliest techniques of embellishment on clothing known to man, the inception of the art cannot be definitively traced in terms of time.
There is a vast difference in the yarns and fabrics utilized for traditional hand embroidery in different places. While silk, linen and cotton have served as popular fabrics for hand embroidery over the years, modern hand embroidery is also done on rayon and other novelty yarns.
Hand Embroidery in India
It is said that most of the embroidery seen today is inspired by religion and nature. Indian hand embroidery has received praise from artists and fashion designers from all over the world. From a historical standpoint, the art of hand embroidery was given supreme importance by the Mughals. A form of embellishment that our country has come to make it own, it was referred to as the “craft of the two hands” by Evliya Celebi, a Turkish traveller who came to India in the seventeenth century.
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