Traditions combine Legacy
Embarking on a special voyage of fashion requires special qualities and very special touches that help to make it the best experience ever. An age-old art that portrays culture, tradition, quality, patterns, creativity, and a wide range of colours brings in something special. Needlework that changes the overall appearance of a dress or an accessory is a form that carries years of history and legacy with it.
Defining the ways
The artistry of needlework has the power to create a wide range of fascinating designs from threads and the beauty of it shines more when it is handmade. Stitching can be really mind-blowing as it unfurls astonishingly adorning features by embellishing fabric or different material with designs, stitches in strands of threads on yarn using a needle.
Incidentally, embroidery is not a run-of-the-mill work that will produce an abysmal product. On the contrary, hand-made embroidery carries special effort and expertise attached to it, an extra elevation that you won’t get easily in machine embroidery.
Embroidery techniques are integral to the Indian culture and craft and over the years these are making a mark on the fashion runway. If we speak in general, embroidery can be defined as a craft that enhances the underlying foundation of fashion.
Some of the handmade Indian embroidery types that are unique in nature and exceptional in fashion values.
India is a confluence of different cultures and crafts and Gara is one of them. Originally, it is an integral part of Parsi women. Traditionally. Parsi bride wears Gara sari for her wedding that comes with exclusively intricate motifs on fabrics. Motifs can range from pagodas and dragons to roses, lotuses, roosters, and peacocks. This type of embroidery can become a very good addition in casual fashionwear as well in haute couture.
This beautiful needlework comes from one of the beautiful place on this earth Kashmir. Kashida embroidery is a single stitch style, traditionally used on stoles, rugs and woollen pherans and when it comes to motifs the designs can be really evocative such as birds, blossoms, fruits and chinar trees.
In this particular handmade embroidery style floral-inspired motifs are embroidered in fine chain stiches using a special type of hooked needle. Incidentally, this style is also from Kashmir.
‘Phul’ in India means ‘Flower’. Phulkari embroidery is traditionally is the work of women of Punjab. Comprising of long and short darn stitches these types of motifs are really colourful.
This is an artful technique of handmade metallic embroidery. In the Zardozi technique, fine metal wire or thread in gold and silver are used to create designs or motifs. In some cases, copper wires and synthetic threads are also used to give it a different look and feel. Zardozi is commonly employed in bridalwear and couture.
All the above styles of embroidery speak only one thing – Values.
Each style brings in great traditional, cultural, and heritage value with it which is incomparable.
ISHANI knows the intricacies of embroidery and offers its array of handmade embroidery collections and creations as per the requirements of its clients.
Over the years, our handmade embroideries have created a special place in some world-class fashion brands.
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