10 Indian Traditional Embroideries

Kantha embroidery

Kantha refers to both the style of running stitch, as well as the finished cloth popular for its intricate patterns and vibrant colors. It was a craft that was practiced by women of all classes.

Origin: West Bengal

Phulkari embroidery

Phulkari, meaning ‘flower work’ is often used to embellish dupattas and shawls. It holds huge cultural significance and is often given away as dowry when a girl child is married away.

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Origin: Punjab

Chikankari embroidery

The delicate and intricate style of embroidery known as "chikankari" showcases white thread work on fine muslin or cotton fabric, drawing inspiration from the intricate carving patterns found in Mughal architecture.

Origin: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Zardozi embroidery

Using metallic threads like gold and silver, it intricately weaves elaborate designs onto luxurious fabrics such as silk, velvet, and satin. Commonly employed to embellish bridal and formal attire, adding opulence and grandeur.

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Origin: Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Kashida embroidery

Incorporating a blend of embroidery techniques such as chain stitch, satin stitch, and needlepoint work, Kashida showcases a diverse range of motifs inspired by nature, including blooming flowers, birds, and paisley patterns.

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Origin: Kashmir

Gota Patti Embroidery

Gota Patti, embellishes fabric through the stitching technique of attaching pieces of gold or silver ribbon known as "gota." Commonly found in Rajasthani bridal and festive attire, it showcases intricate detailing, reminiscent of the Mughal and Rajput royalty.

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Origin: Rajasthan

Kasuti embroidery

It is characterized by intricate geometric patterns stitched using thick threads. Motifs used are temple architecture, flora and fauna, flower pot, tulsi. Lotus being the most used among floral motifs.

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Origin: Karnataka

Shisha embroidery

Mirror work or shisha embroidery, is a decorative technique that involves attaching small mirrors to the fabric using colorful threads. It is believed mirrors help trap or reflect back bad luck and evil spirits. Often seen in traditional outfits like ghagra-cholis.

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Origin: Gujarat and Rajasthan

Banjara embroidery

Banjara embroidery showcases the vibrant lifestyle of the tribe through the use of colorful threads and embellishments like mirrors, cowry shells, and patchwork. Its unique identity lies in the incorporation of mirror work and the reflection of tradition.

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Origin: Banjara people from Rajasthan

Kanjeevaram embroidery

Kanjeevaram silk sarees are adorned with traditional embroidery that intricately weaves gold or silver threads into the fabric, enhancing its elegance. This technique adds exquisite patterns and motifs, elevating the allure of the silk sarees.

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Origin: Tamil Nadu

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