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A Brief Introduction to Embroideries

Written by Trends


Posted on February 28 2014

Embroidery, is an art of weaving threads, stones, pearls and other such embellishments in a specific pattern.

It’s an element that changes the look of a fabric. An art that beautifies a simple garment into a dressy one. Get to know a few of these embroideries, originating from India and its contribution in making fabrics look the best.

Aari Bharat Embroidery

Aari is derived from Aar, a hooked needle used in embroidery. Threads like cotton, silver, gold or silk are used for this work. The design is first traced on the fabric, which is known as khaka (an outline). Later the fabric is stretched on a frame and the work begins. Delicate and minute motifs are designed in this embroidery. Aari work is done on a number of different fabrics to give them a rich look.


It’s an embroidery native to Lucknow. The Chickan work is one of the most time consuming hand-work. The name is derived from Persian, in which Chakeen means weaving of delicate patterns on fabric. The intricate and elegant design is not restricted or dependent on fashion trends. Its grace has always prevented it from going out of fashion. It traces its roots back to the Moghal Era. The Chikan work has surplus demand in the market.


Zardosi is believed to be one of the most popular and expensive of all embroideries.

This art is of Persian origin, being passed down from the Mughal Era. It is one of the richest as it is weaved on fabrics with elements like gold and silver wires to craft the design.

Kashmiri Embroidery

The Kashmiri Embroidery, popularly known as kashida is a form of beauty in itself. The work is inspired by mesmerizing beauty of Kashmir. The design itself depicts symbols like the trees, leaves, fruits and other nature’s elements. Kashmir is well famous for the Pashmina shawls. The stitches and designs are very intricate and attractive. Another type of embroidery originating from Kashmir is the Sozni embroidery. Its is done so skilfully that there is no wrong side to it. It looks alike on both sides.

Mirror Embroidery

It’s one of the most vibrant embroideries. Mirrors discs are cut in different shapes like square, circles, petal and lots more. It is weaved in different style like satin stitch, cross stitch etc. It is said to be introduced in the 13th century. Mirror embroidery is done on kurtis, chaniya cholis and also on blouses.

Banjara Embroidery

Banjara. The name itself means Gypsies. The banjara embroidery is work of fine needles introduced by the Banjaras. The embroideries are done using shells, coins, mirrors, glass etc. The embroidery is created out of materials from livestock, trees, plants to shun off evil spirits. However, it has become quite popular in India and is become a well-known style of embroidery.

That's not enough. The number of embroideries used cant be counted on fingers. Check our blogs to get more and more information on sarees, fabrics and style.



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