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There are two styles done by different Jat communities. Garasia Jat embroidery is predominantly cross stitch with heavy use of small mirrors. The outline is usually done in white before being filled in. Embroidery done by the Dhaneta/Fakirani Jat are tiny bars of tight, padded satin stitch with radiating circles of a couched stitch. Designs for Jat embroidery are geometric, not representational and must be done on loose weave fabrics. The design cannot be pre?drawn and the craftswoman must make decisions regarding the geometry of each piece before she begins Traditionally, all of the fabric given is covered and the base fabric cannot be seen at all. Consequently, this is the most labour intensive, and expensive form of embroidery.

I love how this embroidery is used on cellphone covers, pouches, purses, etc.



Picturesque and vivid Rabari bharat eulogizes creativity and imaginative fervor executed on any piece of textiles. The spontaneous compositions, vibrant colors and graphical motifs add in vivacity to fashion products while amassing spirit and vigor in life style accessories.

Symmetrical and asymmetrical motifs conceptualized based on surrounding topography and reflecting a lot of verve and pleasure in creation symbolizes their wandering lives. Rabari embroidery is a plethora of square, triangular, rectangular, circular patterns composing to form abstract motifs of birds and animals, flowers and fruits, landscape and seascape, insects and reptiles. Linear abstraction filled in with intricate stitches and mirrors are simply created reflecting the observant and exceptional nature of a Rabari woman.

Chain stitch accompanied by an array of accent stitches adds in graphically illustrative quality in their needlework. The ‘bakhiya’ local name for the back stitch is one of the simplest stitches adding in a lot of emphasis to their creative work. The bright and vibrant color palette used on the contrasting background of white or black with sparkling mirrors is easily distinguished with other needle works in the region. One of the most distinctive characteristics of Rabari embroidery is the contrasting and non repetitive use of colors.

PS: Some women believe that the mirror on the cradle cloth protect their children from evil spirits.

Paako/ Pakko


Pakko Embroidery is practiced by the Sodha, Rajput and Megwar communities belonging to Gujarat. The word ‘pakko’ literally means solid, referring to the dense stitches that are used. The embroidery work covers almost the whole area of the base cloth. The designs used in the Pakko Embroidery are created using free hand drawing, which are later made on the base cloth using stencils. The outlines are created using a square chain stitch. The fillings are done using a denser variety of the buttonhole stitch with a slightly raised level. Commonly used motifs are peacocks, parrots, scorpions, elephants, milkmaids and flowers, done in a geometric fashion. There is also an ample use of mirrors in this embroidery.

Pakko embroidery mirrored skirt:



Kharek, the name itself is reminiscent of the tactile textural quality of Dates tree and the Kharek bharat is an exultant inspiration of the form. It is a geometric style of needlework created by counting the structural make up of the fabric. The pattern is primarily executed with black outline of double running stitch and then the surface front is filled in with bar-shaped clusters of satin stitches along the warp and weft of the textile.

Suf Bharat


Arithmetically lyrical motifs, laid on the surface of textile products celebrating the intertwined effect of a fabric mark the identity of Suf embroidery. The name of Suf embroidery derived from the word saaf or neat and clean portrays the individuality of its brand. Another significance of the name lies in the angular formation of patterns which is inherent quality of the Suf technique.

The intricately, delicate technique of Suf proves out to be a painstaking process in which the embroiderer, creates patterns with surface satin stitch used from the back of the material, while meticulously counting the warp and weft of the fabric. Each creator envisages a design and translates it into simple geometrical patterns and directly applies it in her embroidery without pre-drawing on the surface. Each and every thread is counted in reverse to create balanced, symmetrical, patterns with triangular minutiae. An array of motifs showcasing flowers, leaves, trees, fruits, birds and animals are created with this methodical process.

This attribute of the technique also confines the range of fabrics compatible to the embroidery. Suf is comfortably applicable on fabrics whose structure is visibly countable, hence for all the handmade enthusiasts; Suf offers the delight of being stitched more than often only on handloom fabrics.



Hi! On my new blog I will be posting details and photographs of Indian arts.. including but not limited to paintings, embroidery, jewelry, hand made gift items, souvenirs, sculptors. It will be journal of all art that I come across on other sites, at exhibitions or even a small piece of artifact that I see at somebody’s place. Anything and everything that fascinates me. 🙂