Feel The Magic Of Rajasthani Leather Embroidery
You would not be able to resist yourself from falling in love with this traditional Rajasthani Art Form.
Most of the dresses in Rajasthan are vibrant in colour and have some work done on it like mirror work bandhani work or embroidery. These works are not just limited to fabrics they are also done on jewellery, shoes, hats, bags, containers and other products. Leather embroidery is one of the specialities of this State.
Rajasthani Embroidery gives everything an ethnic look and these multi coloured embroidered products match with almost every outfit.When exploring the markets one can notice that the most common thing in almost every product there is the embroidery.It is like the identity that the product is bought from Rajasthan. Many bright colours are used for the embroideries. Giving your Creativity new wings.
Rajasthani Leather Embroidery
Leather embroidery is as the name suggests embroidery done on leather products. The animal that is most found in Rajasthan is Camel and therefore the leather used for making the leather products is obtained from camel.
“Mojdis” are a type of shoes made from leather and they have colourful embroidery done over them. Moments of sewing best.
Embroidered leather bags are also beautiful and can be found easily in local markets.Other leather products with embroidery done on them are bracelets, hats, jewellery boxes, belts, wallets etc. These products work great with western wears too and can also be excellent souvenir gifts to take. Good crafts for good moments.
Amidst a sea of sand and never-ending arid land, the Rajasthani people, with their bright colourful clothes stand out like a green oasis. Besides a host of sophisticated arts and crafts this state is famous for, the rustic charm of Rajasthani patchwork never fails to impress. It’s a basic craft that stitches together small pieces of cloth in a decorative pattern to form the topmost layer of the piece with layers of cloth padding underneath. And voila! You have a treat for the eyes.
Zardozi is a type of heavy and elaborate metal embroidery on a silk, satin, or velvet fabric base. Designs are often created using gold and silver threads and can incorporate pearls, beads, and precious stones. Initially, the embroidery was done with pure silver wires and real gold leaves.
Danka Embroidery Of Udaipur
‘Danke-ka-kaam’ is a kind of metal embroidery in Rajasthan that is a decorative feature in Rajasthani fabrics. It’s a 400-year old embroidery craft in Udaipur, Rajasthan. As of now there are just two practitioners of the craft who do the embroidery. It's a craft that has primarily been practiced by Udaipur's Bohra community. At a workshop held in Udaipur this year, the practitioners were persuaded with great difficulty to train a group of 20 youngsters in the art.
This decorative technique is usually worked on fabrics like satin, chiffon or silk fabric. The fabric is stretched tightly on a wooden frame before it is embroidered and the craftsman sits on the floor.
The danka is pierced with a sharp needle, bringing out the thread through the fabric. About three to five strands of kasab (gold or silver wire) are kept over each danka and couched down along its edges. It is secured with eight stitches in the shape of a knot. The most popular motifs used in danka work are inspired by nature - the sun, the moon as well as the paisley design in a stylised form.Round and flat metal braids about one quarter of a centimetre in width that is used to highlight the design.
Mochi Bharat or leather embroidery is a style of embroidery that is common to most parts of this region. Mochi Bharat was actually developed to ornament leather objects and is usually created on shoes, animal saddles and trappings. In addition, gold and silver zari is greatly employed on accessories like leather belts, bags and wallets.
Usually, soft leather is used in this type of Rajasthani embroidery as it is easy to work on. Rajasthani women are often seen in a ghagra and choli ornamented with this style of embroidery. Mochi Bharat is employed through fine chain stitch.
Above all, the craftsmen must be accorded their due recognition and respect for preserving these rare and precious crafts of Mochi bharat and keeping alive our rich and colourful heritage.
Glimpse Of Some Rajasthani Leather Embroidery
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