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Sindhi Embroidery

After becoming free from household activities and finishing harvesting duties rural women have a habit of embroidery during their relaxation which is traditional. They are doing this not only for their personal uses; such as dresses, and Nakshi Katha, but also it can be a source of their income. The women of Gujrat; the eminent city of Punjab, are no longer exceptions from this habit of embroidery, even some of the craftsmen can also be seen there. The city is famous for variations in embroidery work and always trying to bring new designs and ideas to attract more businessmen for their creative and decorated embroidery work. Sindhi embroidery is one of them. 


The specialty of Sindhi Embroidery

Merging Impressive color, excellent stitching methods, and distinguished needlework which illustrates elegance and delicateness has given the Sindhi work specific feature. The stitches are intact together so closely in some part of the embroidery designs that it almost covers most of the foundation part which turn it firm, rigid and stiff. Sindhi embroidery work often contains tiny to big mirrors, silk tassels, cowries shells, silver spangles, and glass beads, ribbons, and coins that give an amusing and glossy appearance which assists to draw the attention of businessmen and persons.

Types of Stitches

The various types of stitches used for Sindhi Embroidery work are straight, satin, chain, buttonhole, open chain, couched straight, interlacing couched, laid threads, over sewing, crossed herringbone, darning, fly and stem, herringbone work, buttonhole stitching, interlacing stitching, and even the darning stitch. But the chain stitch is mostly used for this work.

Kinds of Designs

Various types of designs can be done in Sindhi Embroidery work. The different types of artwork are - The artwork done on flaps.

         The artwork was done on the covers of the furniture.

         A kind of geometric pattern is done on clothes.

         Creating animal-inspired motifs like peacocks etc.

         The use of small mirrors embedded within the threadwork.

Colors and clothes used for Sindhi Embroidery Work

Different types of shades of color such as red, blue, green, white, black, orange, turquoise, violet, pink, and indigo can be used for Sindhi Embroidery. Although this work is mainly done on silky clothes, dyed clothes and printed materials can also be used as foundation cloth for Sindhi embroidery.

Dresses Suitable for Sindhi Embroidery

Sindhi embroidery can be used as a borderline, sleeve line, and the neckline of the dresses, in the full body of the Kamij or share, hat, bed sheet, blouse, wall mate by giving different animal features, shirts, t-shirts, etc. 

The ornaments and colorful patterns depicting various role such as leaves, flowering shrubs, flowers, arches, fans, Polka dots (butis), elephants, peacock, canopies, parrots, and also human figures gives a fascinating and elegant structure. If you are interested to learn about Sindhi Embroidery work, you can learn it from my Youtube channel

You can also learn it by reading the book: The embroidery and beadwork of Kutch and Saurashtra

Some Embroidery Books I recommend for beginners: Embroidery - Step-by-Step Guide, 200 Stitches

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