Aari Embroidery: Weaving Stories with Threads and Beads


Dec 11 2023

<div style=' background:#FFFFFF;color:#000000;font-family:Verdana;width:auto;padding:5px;max-height:100%;'><span><p>The origins of Aari embroidery can be traced back to Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, extending its artistic influence to Kutch and various regions of Gujarat. Initially embraced by the Mochi or cobbler community, Aari embroidery gained royal recognition in Gujarat. The western name Tambour was adopted by the Portuguese and French, while the craft is aptly named after the needle used, known as an Aar.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p><p><br></p><p>How It’s Done:&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Aari work is a meticulous process that begins with freehand drawing of designs on the fabric. The fabric is then stretched and secured on a Khatla or tambour for easy access. The artisan, equipped with an Aar or hook needle, meticulously pierces the material, bringing the thread up as the needle twists and repeats the process. This technique requires precision and skill, showcasing the elaborate craftsmanship involved in Aari embroidery.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Design Elements:&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>Inspired by the Mochi community's surroundings, Aari embroidery motifs depict representations of nature, wildlife, and Mughal gardens. Persian influence is evident in motifs featuring peacocks and flowers, while ripple effects mirror the Thar Desert's dunes. Threads and beads of various colors are employed, with a lacy finish achieved by using the same color as the cloth. Aari embroidery's uniqueness lies in the combination of intricate chain stitches and varying bead sizes.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Aari Today:&nbsp; &nbsp;<br></p><p>Aari work, recognized as one of the most intricate hand embroidery forms, has evolved with technological advancements, making the process more efficient. This exquisite artistry is now featured on sarees, kurtis, and other garments, making Aari embroidery accessible to a wider audience. The craft's importance persists, and its legacy endures through the incorporation of Zari Zardoni embroidery, utilizing metallic threads to add a touch of shimmer and shine to the finished pieces.&nbsp;<br></p><span></div>

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