Firstly “Why is this art named as “RABARI EMBROIDERY”?
Rabari embroidery gets its name from Rabari community, who were a nomadic/semi nomadic community of cattle raiser living in the western region of India, from Rajasthan to Kutch region in Gujarat.
Mirror chain stitch in various size and shapes is the specialty of Rabari embroidery, given this style a unique and beautiful edge compared to various other types in league. Rabari women use their creativity, aesthetics in embroidery works on textiles.
- Wood Embroidery Hoop
- Special Needle
- Aabhlas or Mirrors
- Woolen Thread and Embroidery Thread (Usually called as ‘SUTAR’ and bought from Anjar and Bhuj )
- The cotton threads are inserted in the eye of the needle.
- Extra threads are cut using scissors.
- The threads are interlaced around the round mirror through the needle.
- Threads are pulled tightly for the perfection.
- Mirror and cloth are looped together using thread to do the mirror work. The mirrors are interlocked completely with the threads.
- Varieties: Toran, Scarfs, Rabari shawls, Kapadu or kanchali (backless blouse), Paheranu (wrapped skirt), A Ghagharo (stitched skirt), Ludi (woolen viel), Traditional Rabari Bridal dress, Handbags, Bed covers, Camel
- Patterns: Many designs are inspired by mythology and desert habitation. It is an interesting collaboration of style, design and colors with temple motifs, women balancing pots on their heads (paniyari), mango leaves, coconuts, scorpions, camels, parrots, elephant and the tree of life are some of the beloved and auspicious motifs of Rabari embroidery and also landscape of kutch, through colourful threads and vivid imagination are newly added.
Thank You for Patronizing Arts and Crafts of Kutch and the craftsmen of the Kutch.
May the Traditions of our country live indefinitely, enriching our lives.