Gujarat is rich in colorful cultural background and beautiful handicrafts. And one of these handicrafts is Rabari, this is a style of embroidery which is very famous worldwide. Defined by Rabari community residing in Kutch, this embroidery includes various sizes of mirror stitched on fabric.
The different styles of stitching defined in this embroidery have made the tradition of Kutch Rabari embroidery famous across the world. Along with the mirror pieces the chain stitch method used to outline the fabric makes it unique and exclusive.
Rabari Embroidery started in….
Time from when the Rabaris were on this earth, this traditional embroidery got its existence. The difference in the styles depends on the communities that range from Kutch to Rajasthan. Rabari embroidery mainly defined by the use of mirrors along with the boundary of different style of stitching. Colorful wear defines traditional Rabari wear. Most of the designs are inspired by mythology and desert habitation. It’s an interesting collaboration of style, design, and colors.
This embroidery got it name by the community who started working for it, they migrated into this region from Sindh (now in Pakistan) about 400 years ago. The men work with leather while the women embroider garments and accessories.
The process of doing Rabari embroidery starts with…
An artistic piece of embroidery gives out an exclusive and completely different experience to the user. The cultural tradition is the main inspiration for the motifs and patterns. Many of the large and bold designs are inspired by Rabari mythology and their desert habitation. Basically, the patterns are worked on the dark background.
The individual motifs are outlined with chain stitch and then filled in with buttonhole stitch and herringbone stitch, all in brightly colored threads. The work has been passed from one generation to next generation. The varieties in this embroidery are mainly observed in the placement of the mirrors and the fascinating stitches made along the borders.