India has rich and varied culture and traditions Embroidery in the different regions of India, is as rich, distinctive, varied and colourful as the people inhabiting it expressing the lifestyle of its people, their occupations, customs, thoughts, beliefs, and likings.
In Karnataka it is Kasuthi
In Rajasthana the fabric is decorated with bead work, and embellished with mirrors, sequins, buttons, and shells.
The embroidery of Kutch and its neighbouring Saurashta is colourful. It employs simple stitches like the herringbone, buttonhole, chain and open chain stitches. The interlacing stitch (looping around the double herringbone stitch) and the Maltese Cross are predominant. The Maltese cross and the Interlacing stitch are also predominantly used in Armenian Embroidery. . Kutch embroidery was practised from the sixteenth and seventeenth century in Patan,a little town in the state of Gujarat. Kutch embroidery is also called as Sindh embroidery.
The Basics of Kutch embroidery can be worked here.
For a video tutorial of a basic motif you can visit here.
SIX IMPORTANT STEPS.OR THE BASICS.
The following points needs to be remembered before starting with needle!
1)There are 2 parts. one is outline or skeleton second is the FILLING
2) OUTLINE always starts from the LEFT and goes to RIGHT .RUNS CLOCKWISE
3) FILLING always starts from left on the outline running ANTICLOCKWISE.
4) keep counting ‘ UP… DOWN.. in mind at every intersection of the thread.
5) in outline count is up, down ,up(needle passes U,D,U)
6) in filling the count is down, up, down.( needle passes D,U,D)
Some of the basic Kutch motifs I have worked
I find Kutch very interesting…………….
For the border of salwar kameez here is the design