18 July, 2016
Embroidery techniques we cannot get enough of !
Our karigars play a pivotal role in weaving the stories our motifs are trying to tell. In the case of our recent collection-Aham, the all encompassing brahma was our inspiration. The abstracted illustrations of brahma’s three heads and the lotus flower have been translated impeccably on to our garments.
Our studio used three indigenous embroidery techniques of ‘aari’ , ‘dabke ka kaam’ and ‘ablah’ to breathe life to the designs.
Aari work : Aari work involves a hook, plied from the top but fed by silk thread from below with the material spread out on a frame. This movement creates loops, and repeats of these lead to a line of chain stitches.
Mirror work : Popularly known as ‘able ka kaam’.A technique where tiny pieces of glass are secured to the fabric using metallic threads.
Pitta work : Popularly known a ‘dabke ka kaam’.In this technique, first the filling is done using metal wires of various widths and it is then beaten with a flat wooden hammer to create an array of textures.