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Chikankari class

Remember my post about chikankari, which is an Indian form of shadow work? Anita is teaching an online class and I signed up for it! I picked out some ivory chiffon and some very pale variegated thread. It might be too … Continue reading

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Shisha mirror embroidery

This embroidery from India features a number of mirrors embroidered into the design. I don’t have much information on it – perhaps if you know something about it you could leave a comment? It’s another piece from Dr. Shirazi’s personal … Continue reading

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Embroidery of Kashmir III

Here is another embroidered shawl from Kashmir from Dr. Shirazi’s collection. This one is for a man – unlike the shawl I showed before (Embroidery of Kashmir I, Embroidery of Kashmir II), it has no central motif. The border is … Continue reading

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Embroidery of Kashmir II

As promised, here is the central motif on the embroidered shawl from Kashmir (first mentioned in the post Embroidery of Kashmir I). This is a woman’s shawl – you can tell the difference because men’s shawls have no central motif … 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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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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