Embroidery including hand embroidery design is the art of creating magic with threads .
This embroidery includes mirror work in the middle of the colourful stitches.
Have you ever witnessed a Garba Dance ?This is a traditional dance done in Gujarat during the Navratra festival. The dancers, both men & women twirl to the rhythmic beat of the drums. Further, the Gujarati community is dressed in vibrant clothes embellished with Kutch embroidery during this festival.In fact, the mirror-work clothing with a riot of colours, bring the festive spirit of Navratri festival (9 nights )to life.
In addition, the riot of colours in Kutch embroidery is awe inspiring and jaw dropping.Similarly, the versatility of this embroidery is unique.As a matter of fact, it is used in patchwork quilts, shoulder bags, clutches, Kolhapur chappals, dresses, jackets and wall hangings. Further, you will never get tired looking at this amazing embroidery technique
As a matter of fact, India owes its rich heritage in embroidery work to the Jewel of Western India, the state of Gujarat. In addition, Kutch embroidery also known as Kachchhi embroidery or Gujarati embroidery. It has its roots in the Kutch and Saurashtra regions of Gujarat. Firstly, it is a lovely combination of vibrant colours pallets, mirror work, silk threads and beads all embellished on cotton or silk fabric.
Hand embroidery Designs
In the first place, the origin of Kutch embroidery can be traced back to ‘Kathi’ cattle breeders. They later settled down to produce the fine needlework that typifies Kutch embroidery with diverse elements, designs, themes, patterns and moods.It is also said that a Muslim wanderer in Sindh gave lessons to mochis (the community of shoemakers) on Kutch embroidery around 300 years ago.
Blouse Embroidery Designs
One of the great influences on Kutch embroidery is that of variegated architectural designs and motifs. Heer Bharat is another speciality of this type of embroidery. Heer means silk threads. The Banni or Heer Bharat embroidery originates in Gujarat.Artisans use the Heer Bharat with a mirror in the center to enhance their embroidery work. Green, Indigo, Ivory, Deep red, Black, Yellow and off White are the primary colors used in Kutch embroidery.
Moreover, romantic motifs, human figurines, as well as Persian and Mughal arts inspired by animals also influence this embroidery style.
Styles of Gujarati embroidery
Finally, a total of 7 styles are associated with the –Kutch embroidery. These include Suf, Khaarek, Paako, Rabari, Garasia, Jat and Mutava.
Check out the following shops and markets for Kutch embroidery products.
Garments, including blouses, skirts and dupattas are made with this embroidery. Bags, umbrellas, wall hangings, sandals and shoes also use this embroidery.
Available in Delhi – Gurjari
Chennai Shop -Kalpa Durma
Kolkata –Gurjari Kolkata
Available at Bangalore:-Yuvathi
Salonee silks & Cotton
Johari Bazar , Bapu Bazar