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Hand embroidery on Indian wear and beyond

Hey everyone

Embroidery has literally taken the fashion world by storm and i am obsessed. Be it on clothes or shoes i am loving it all! As times have changed, machine embroidery has become popular because it is faster and cost effective and almost 90% of the the embroidery that you see is done by machines but hand embroidery has its special charm and appeal. For traditional indian outfits its nothing new, they are almost the backbone of indian wedding clothes. Lighter versions on indian kurtis/ tunics make them also wearable for day to day and i personally much prefer the embroidered ones over the printed. Today we are going to talk a bit about the various types of embroideries that we see in general.

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Thread embroidery
This is the most common one done by hand and actually also easy to do. Florals, leaves and simpler patterns woven by simple needle and thread on any fabric. Love the simpler versions on designer kurtis done on the sleeves or neckline or just as a thin border at the bottom.

Mirror work
Mirrors of any size are fixed on to fabric with colorful threads, off late the mirrors have been replaced by reflective metal. There is a debate as to where mirror work originated, some say it was brought to India by the mughals but surprisingly it was not found on the clothes of the mughal rulers?? Some say it originated in the Indian states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana where it is the most popular. Extensively used on wedding lehngas and sarees almost everywhere, it is also a huge trend on tops and dresses at the moment. On kurtis a sprinkling of mirror work on the body or just on the yolk looks beautiful while keeping them wearable for day to day.

Cut work
Cut work as the name suggests involves cutting out the interiors of a pattern and then embroidering the raw edges either the same colour or mostly white. This one is great in case you do not like much work or embellishment.

Zardosi embroidery 
Zardosi originated in Persia and literally means embroidery with gold, beautiful patterns are created by either sewing embellishments or stitching with metallic threads. In ancient times it was mostly the virtue of the super rich to wear zardosi as it was so expensive for obvious reasons, made from gold. Today its one of the most popular embroideries in INDIA, PAKISTAN, IRAN and adjoining countries. No brides trousseau is complete without a saree or suit in this rich embroidery.

Chikan embroidery
This is my favourite of all, easily have about 5-6 Chikan work kurtis in my wardrobe. Originating from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh india, Chikankari , the art of Chikan is mostly done on thin light fabrics like cotton, silk, pure georgette, etc. Starts with printing a pattern on the fabric then stitchinging on the pattern followed by multiple washes that ensures no shrinkage or colour bleed. Traditionally the embroidery was in white on soft pastel or plain white fabrics but now coloured threads are used as well. It is very intricate involving around 32 different types of stitches, a pure work of art.

I am soon doing a post on some of my latest favourite embroidered pieces on the high street so stay tuned for that! 

Thank you for stopping by! See you in my next one.




  1. Love this - fab post! x

  2. Great informative post! Looking forward to your next post on the embroidered high street pieces :)

    Sam x

  3. Wow great print! Love the post!

  4. Ohh I have a special place in my heart for embroideries!! I just love them!! I gravitate towards anything embroidered!! Great post Chichi!! <3

  5. Loving the embroidery on this dress. Thanks for all the info and for linking up with Visible Monday, xo


  6. I love embroidered stuffs.. I have a similar Post coming up too.. I loved your post & I hope you love mine as well..

  7. Wow, so nice post. I love designer kurtis & designer sarees. Thank you so much for sharing such kind of post.

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