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Sindhi embroidery/Interlacing embroidery

Updated on February 20, 2013

Sindhi Embroidery

This article is dedicated to all my students who find sindhi embroidery very difficult . I hope that content and videos in this article will help them as well as other readers who always wanted to learn this embroidery .

India is known worldwide for it's rich culture & heritage. The clothing here is full of vibrant colours & textures. people have been practising the art of embroidery since ages here, but as we all know this is the age of technology & it has even entered the field of clothing,which perhaps has it's advantages, that can't be denied.

There is a rage for fashionable clothes bought from the high end fashion stores but deep down our heart we all have desire to create something on our own. Hand embroideries are one of the most preferred way of embellishing the clothes ,if you want to design something for yourself sometime..

Design and threads used for the sindhi embroidery

one such embroidery that I am going to discuss here is sindhi embroidery which is commonly practised in Sindh, Kutch & Kathiawar regions of India. This is also known as interlacing embroidery .

The designs are usually checks & chevrons sometimes shaped in the form of bird or flower. Different types of thread like twisted silk or cotton yarn or silken floss can be used for the embroidery .

Traditionally it was done on maroon and black colour khaddar fabric with very bright coloured thread like green, red, yellow, blue, & orange.

But like any other embroidery ,this too has lot of scope of contemporarization. So one can always experiment with the base fabric colour & texture. The embroidery threads can also be varied in colour from light to dark, pastels to bright. This would help to give this embroidery a new touch.

the basic structure is with yellow and the inter looping is done with black . it's done in contrastcolour so that one can see the movement of thread, otherwise this embroidery is done with single thread colour
the basic structure is with yellow and the inter looping is done with black . it's done in contrastcolour so that one can see the movement of thread, otherwise this embroidery is done with single thread colour
basic structure with black  thread& inter looping with blue thread
basic structure with black thread& inter looping with blue thread

How the sindhi stitch is worked on the cloth

In this embroidery the movement of needle and thread is very important.

This has nothing to do with the texture of the fabric but springs from the ingenuity of the needle woman.

In this stitch, firstly with the use of long threads basic structure is built into the base of cloth. Herringbone stitch is used to make the base structure.Then the looping of the threads is worked around the entire base structure.

steps of doing the interlacing embroidery


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      snigdha maurya 

      2 years ago

      is there any specific fabric used for traditional sindhi kadhai

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      4 years ago

      these embroidery patterns give me more pleasure.that helps what new thing we have to do.

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      gulistan perwee 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful design

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      sonali mundada 

      6 years ago

      I want how to decide to sindhi stich work for order bedsheet


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