Sindhi embroidery/Interlacing 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.
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.