of Embroidery in India
of Indian Embroidery
Embroidery is an expression of self, rendered with
patience and dedicated hard work, it is an art
rightly described as "painting by needle".
Embroidery adds grace and elegance, life and style
even into articles of everyday use.
Indian embroidery takes its inspiration from nature
and religion. The colors, the base the theme and the
style are reflective of a particular region.
Embroidery on leather, velvet, net, cotton and silk
is done all over the country. The patterns are
decided upon on the basis of the fabric and its
texture the stitches depend upon the style and the
effect to be produced.
Themes and motifs have remained as such for
centuries. Even in the pre historic civilization
probably it was the same (embroidery needles have
been found in excavations). The patterns have always
been floral, animals, geometric and religious. Each
embroidery style has its own history and a story of
Things till very recently remained the same till the
craft of embroidery was commercialized. Even now ,
the themes and the motifs are same but the
production techniques have changed, the requirements
have changed. Machine Embroidery has introduced new
styles and uses. So has the effect of western
patterns and embroidery styles. Embroidery is now
not just an expression, it is the means and art of
decoration; decoration of clothes, bed covers,
furnishings, almost anything that one can think of