COLOURS FROM THE HANDS OF KUTCH

There are times when you take out that plain elegant kurta or top and wanted to add a splash of colour to the outfit. Colours have their own way in lifting the moods and beauty of a garment. Most of you might have wanted something rich and multi-coloured but couldn’t quite put your finger on what that mental image in your head was called. Hear, hear! It’s the traditional handicraft, a distinct hand embroidery from the state of Gujarat known as kutch work.

Beautifully hand embroidered this art of fine thread work with its rich and intricate geometric motifs are further enhanced with the use of mirrors and beads that are strategically embellished between the patterns. These embroidered designs are usually done on silk or cotton fabrics using silk or woollen thread to create fine stiches of elaborate designs which are inspired from romantic architecture and Persian and Mughal arts. Each region of these craftsmen have their own distinctive styles of needlework such as Rabari, Ahir, Mochi and Mutwa.

Traditionally kutch work was done on kurtis, blouses, skirts and shawls. Now you can get various other products in addition to these traditional products such as purses, pouches, bags, jackets and extravagant outfits. The stitched embellishments had specific purposes in addition to their testament of skill. They served as dowry, group identity, marital status etc. With the changing times the kutch embroidery has evolved taking the contemporary world by storm. Designers from Paris, Milan and New York have taken inspiration from the art form and showcased them many a time on the international stage of fashion releasing stunning series of contemporary collections.

Kutch work, an exquisite and rich form of embroidery in many ways reflects the vibrancy of India through its colours, motifs and designs. It has come a long way and is one of the handcrafts that that never grows old because of the richness of its work and attractiveness.

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