Traditional Articles
1. Sarees
2. Salwar kameez
3. Ghaghra choli
4. Kurtis
5. Indo-western
6. Kurta pajama
7. Sherwani
8. Shirts
Sarees were
made in
Cushion Covers
Satin stitch
Presentation by Ruhee Shah,
Asst. Prof., NIFT Kolkata
satin stitch
sewn into
shoulders and
Some of the common “Kantha”
motifs ..
Central lotus
with 108 petals
The Tree Of
Presentation by Ruhee Shah,
Asst. Prof., NIFT Kolkata
Feet of Goddess
Lakshmi – Alpana
Appliqué Of Gujarat
•In the19th century, the Kathis, an agro-pastoral community of the
Kathiawar region of Gujarat and their Muslim associates, the
Molesalaams, or the landowning community are known to have
produced intricate appliqué work.
•Some of the surviving specimens show a wide representation of
stylised human and animal figures in cotton and silk cloths, bandhani
(tie and dye), or patola cloth.
In the neighbouring state of Rajasthan, the Oswal Banias have a
similar tradition of stitching large appliqué canopies with a range of
panels or squares in different colour combinations, for marriages.
• The Rajputs, Satwaras and various other cattle-breeding communities
also produce similar appliqué art to enhance the beauty of their
chandarvo (canopies), dharaniyo (quit covers), amongst other things.
Speciality Of Bihar Appliqué
– The background cloth is generally dark red or deep orange.
– The motifs are prepared in white with some portions in blue, gray and
Kasuti : Karnataka
Kasuti is one of the oldest form of
embroidery found in India. Highly
developed styles which represents the art
and culture of Karnataka.
The typical traditional Karnataka Kasuti art
in embroidery may be traced to the period
of the Satvahanas, Chalukyas, Pallavas
when a great renaissance in the field of
art and architecture took place.
However its origin in India is not known.
But during 17th century when Mysore
(Karnataka) state was ruled by
Maharajas, the women in the port were
very well versed in 64 different kind of art
out of which one was Kasuti embroidery.
Kasuti embroidery was famous in many
places especially in the districts of Bijapur,
Dharwar, Belgaum etc has not developed
into a cottage industry but only a
handicraft and pastime for women.
Stitches used:
Vertical, horizontal and diagonal.The design is never traced but done by
counting thread method. Done by knots. Stitches are very simple but
intricate. Very minute and pretty.
Main stitches: running and double darning stitch.

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