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Indian Embroidery-Kashmir

Updated on March 14, 2011
kashmiri embroidery on woolen shawl
kashmiri embroidery on woolen shawl
example of kashimiri embroidery
example of kashimiri embroidery
kashimiri embroidery on a kurta or a top
kashimiri embroidery on a kurta or a top
Kashmiri crewel embroidery on cushion covers
Kashmiri crewel embroidery on cushion covers

KASHMIR is a beautiful state in northern India. Known for its natural beauty, it also has a distinct embroidery of its own.

Kashmir embroidery and shawls are well known for the beauty of colour, texture and design. The wool emroidery of Kashmir is universally famous. It is essentially a commercial craft.

Colours are:- white - sufed, green - zingari, purple- uda, blue- ferozi, yellow- zard, black- mushki, crimson- gulmor, scarlet- kirmiz.

(the kashmiri names of the colors are given next to the name of the color in english)

Motifs :- are mostly taken from nature. Animal and human figures are usually not seen due to Muslim influence. The bird motifs used are parrot, canary, magpie, woodpecker and kingfisher. Floral motifs used are iris, lotus, lily, tulip and saffron flower. Other designs are grapes, plums, apple blossoms, almonds and cherries. The Chinar leaf is an important motif. Butterfly designs are also found.

Fabrics :- used are silk, wool, cotton, and threads used are wool, silk and art silk.

Stitches used are : satin stitch, chain stitch, long and short. Occasionally herringbone, darning stitch is also used.

Other stitches used are known as

1) vata chickan- button hole

2) doria- open work

3) talaibar- gold work,

4) zalakdozi- chain stitch and

5) rafooqani or darning stitch

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      tanveerbadyari 3 years ago

      Nice hub describing the various craftsmanship of kashmir.

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      houseboat-kashmir 4 years ago

      kashmir is a treasure house of master craftsmen, since the ancient times kashmiri people had been the patrons of fine arts and hand made carpets,pashmina shawls and papermachie. The different patterns and designs makes their art unique and attractive.

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      rita 4 years ago

      thnax kasmir

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      Jack 5 years ago

      I have visited "Azad Jammu Kashmir (Pakistan)" and "Jammu & Kashmir (India)". Kashmiri of both side are using same cloth to wear, eating same food and their culture is same. Very nice....... Pakistan and India both are lucky that they got heaven in this planet earth.

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Hi Shilpi,

      You are welcome, I am so glad that information on this hub helped you. :D

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      shilpi maheshwari 6 years ago

      hi this is SHILPI from vift meerut wants 2 thank u mam.I got many more information about kashmir emb that helped me to complet my project . thank u again

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Thank you niveditha, glad you found this useful.

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      niveditha 6 years ago

      good information....

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      Vibhavari 6 years ago from India

      Hi sandip,

      I'm glad you found the information useful. thnak you for your feedback.

      have a nice day.

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      sandip 6 years ago

      hi mem this is sandip from nift new delhi..there are the nice information about kashmir embroidery...thank u...its great.....

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      sandip 6 years ago

      hi mem this is sandip from nift new delhi..there are the nice information about kashmir embroidery...thank u...its great.....

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      Shahid IShrat Khan 7 years ago

      HI!

      can any one have Kashmiri style designs.

      regards,

      Shahid Ishrat Khan

      Allcad Technologes Ltd.

      send2shahid_2000@yahoo.com

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      You are welcome Britney. and you can call me Vee.

      I do hope you can find kashmiri stuff for sale on the net.

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      britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

      thanx VIBHAVARI for your concern and gentle reply....i am really thank ful to you...i will surely check it on amazon....have a great time.

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      Vibhavari 8 years ago from India

      Hi Britney!

      thanks for stopping by.

      Yes Kashmiri embroidery is Beautiful and hand embroidered stuff is more expensive as compared to machine made stuff. I'm sure you can get these online, it's a matter of looking for them. You might try looking for it on amazon. You'll be surprised at what they have to sell online.

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      britneydavidson 8 years ago from united kingdom

      wow these are really great...design is excellent...are they home made? i mean like handycraft?do you have any idea if i can buy this from internet or soething like that because i liked it too much,