Application of Traditional Embroidery Techniques in Contemporary Fashion [Take #1]

Kantha Stitch

Kantha is the traditional embroidery technique of Bengal. It applies the simplest stitch in the language of embroidery, the running stitch to make beautiful borders, shapes and motifs. It was traditionally used as a technique to mend old clothes and make blankets. This style of embroidery also uses the darn stitch, satin stitch, loop stitch and stem stitch.

Kantha

Kantha

 

This stylish jacket is the perfect blend of ethnicity and modern fashion. Application of traditional Kantha stich of Bengal gives it a unique identity. This iconic jacket shrouds the wearer in an aura of mystery. It is great item for making a bold fashion statement.

Kantha example

Kantha Work

Mirror Work
Mirror work is a highly intricate form of embroidery that involves sewing disc shaped mirrors in the fabric. Originating in Gujarat and Rajasthan, this embroidery technique is also called Sheeshedar. It has many slightly differing variants across Gujarat like Hir Bharat, Kutchi Bharat, Kathi etc. Mirror work generally displays big bold embroidery patterns on colourful background fabrics.

Gujarati mirror

Gujarati mirror

The bold embroidery patterns of Gujarati mirror work have been artfully used to metamorphose this saree into an elegant and chic every-day wear garment. Bright pink and green Kutchi Bharat embroidery on a contrasting blue background instantly attracts attention. The small mirrors sown to a thin border gives it a modern look.

Gujrati Mirror work

Gujrati Mirror work

Lace Work
Lace, though European by origin, has long ago been adopted by the Indian culture and successfully integrated into our traditional garments. Lace and Crochet work is now predominant in many regions of India. Entire Industries are now based on lace work. Indianization of this Western technique is truly an interesting phenomenon.

Lacework

Lacework

Triveni has created a wonderful line of lace-work clothes. A splendid example is this gorgeous red and black Kurta done entirely in delicate lace. The beautiful design in contrasting colours makes this an attractive collectors’ item. This Kurta is fashionable and traditional at the same time. It is great as an evening wear or party-wear.

Lace example

Lace Suit

Authored by Oindrila Mandal

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