• Posted on Oct 12, 2017

Mirror and Cut Work

It is a kind of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors to fabric. It is found in the traditional embroidery of Iran , Pakistan ,Afghanistan ,China ,Indonesia and India.This art originated in the 17th century in India and was done using mica , tin, silver or coins. It was replaced by glass broken into small pieces . It can now be seen on dresses , jackets , tunics and in bridal attire on cholis , lehengas ,saris and kalidaars . It lends a stunning look to the attire.It has many varieties. Colorful dyed cotton threads are used in mirrorwork mostly in Rajasthan . Golden zari is used for bridal wears . Mirror work now a days is used in accessories like belts ,purses ,necklaces etc.


The Bagh and phulkari embroidery of Punjab is a labour of love . It is styled in three patterns-flowers , fruits and birds ,folk motifs and haveli  gateways.It is done by using darning stich.


It is always associated with women folk and is a form of their self expression. They create pattern connected with their native culture.



This kashmiri embroidery is quite popular and takes months to complete one shawl or stole . Now a days modern ensembles are made using this embroidery.


It is created in Bengal region of India. This work is done by using ‘running stitch’ .

Embroidery of Gujarat : Kutch

The motifs commonly found are peacocks ,human figures in dancing postures.


It is done by stretching the fabric and stiching with a long needle ending with a hook.



It is famous in Jaipur and Rajasthan. It is a form of appliqué in gold thread, used for women’s formal attire. Small pieces of zari ribbons are applied on the fabric with the edges sewn down to create elaborate patterns.


It is a raised zari metallic thread embroidery created by sewing flat stitches on cotton padding. This technique is commonly used for bridal & formal costumes and temple chariots.


Small rectangular pieces of metal are squeezed shut around some threads of the fabric.


The most opulent of Indian embroidery is the zari and zardozi work brought in India by Mughals. The word comes from two Persian words zar=gold and dozi=embroidery. This form uses metallic threads. Once silver and gold thread was used on silk brocade and velvet fabric. Zardozi is an elaborate version of zari where the gold or silver embroidery is embellished with pearls and precious stones, gota and kinara making this art affordable by rich people.

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