Sindhi Embroidery

Sindhi Culture derived from the ancient Indus Valley Civilization. This culture is under the influence of Sufi policies and canon. There are many fascinating items in Sindh which are adored by people from all parts of the world. For instance, the embroidered dresses, handmade stuff, Sindhi hand embroidery and much more.

As we know, Sindh is no longer a part of India, no work on Indian embroidery can be complete without mention of the handwork in Sindh. Sindh has absorbed many influences which are naturally reflected in embroidery. It was conquered by the Arabs and has geographical proximity to Baluchistan, Punjab, and Kutch. The interlacing stitch works over a laid foundation of threads and is widely used in Sindh. The stitch appeared very early in Germany and Middle East from where it was probably brought to Sindh by the Arabs who were great disseminators of culture.

Sindhi Embroidery Pattern was oriented from Thar Parkar and its neighboring Districts. The design used are mostly abstract and formalized representations of flowers, foliage, worked in primary color using the mainly satin stitch.

The most creative practitioners of this style are the women of Meghwal, leather workers by profession and caste who are centered on the Thar Parker District of Sindh. Their most work includes marriage cholis, purses, and bukhanis. Their work is of two types either profusely floral and disguised bird designs, mostly on a red ground incremented with mirrors and beaded and metal thread work on a black background.

Sindhi hand embroidery is not specifically practiced in Sindh but also other regions of India such as Kutch and Kathiawar. The designs of Sindhi embroidery are mostly chevrons and checks giving them a stylishly classic as well as traditional look which is sometimes created in bird or flower form.

 

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