Category Archives: Indian embroidery

Embroidery of Kashmir I

Today I introduce another style of Indian embroidery, from Kashmir! This piece is also from Dr. Shirazi’s personal collection. Here is a closer view of one of the corners. The designs are amazingly intricate but use very simple stitches. An … Continue reading

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Chikankari of Uttar Pradesh

Chikan work, or chikankari, is an Indian form of shadow work. This example from Dr. Shirazi’s collection is worked in white thread on pale pink fabric. It’s incredibly detailed for such a large piece – it covers the table in … Continue reading

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Kantha Hair Barrette

This weekend I thought I’d try decorating myself with embroidery. Here is my kantha embroidery hair barrette: It’s metallic gold thread on black cotton sateen so it’s actually fairly shiny, though that’s hard to photograph. Even harder is photographing the … Continue reading

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Kasuti Bluebird

This was inspired by a comment from a friend on my post about Kasuti embroidery. The bird is in DMC 3807 blueish purple and the border is in DMC 718. It came out really well! The stitched area is about … Continue reading

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Kasuti: Indian cousin to blackwork

Kasuti is a type of embroidery from Karnataka, India. Like blackwork, it is geometric and worked in double running stitch. However, it is traditionally very brightly colored. I found a few books in the library on the subject, and have … Continue reading

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Joining the Royal Persian Blossom Stitchalong

So Mary at Needle ‘n’ Thread is planning a stitchalong of the Royal Persian Blossom from Talliaferro Designs. Nobody has started stitching yet, but she has a discussion area for the stitchalong where people are discussing fabric, thread, and color … Continue reading

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Examples of Kantha embroidery

I’ve been growing more and more interested in South Asian embroidery. It’s wonderful stuff! In fact, I’ve found some great books in the library, so you’ll be seeing the results from that expedition at some point. In my last post … Continue reading

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