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Kathi Embroidery

Kathi Embroidery is a craft practiced by the women belonging to the Kathi community, a nomadic tribe of Gujarat. This embroidery is done on a black cloth using crimson, violet, golden, yellow and white colors. Green and blue colors are used in small quantities to provide a balanced effect. While elongated darn, chain and chain-cum-interlacing stitches are used for creating the outlines of the designs; the fillings are done with herringbone stitch.

The designs portray images borrowed from Hindu mythologies and epics. The motifs also include floral patterns, animals and peacocks. The in-between spaces are covered with images of leaves and buds. An enhanced effect is produced by mirrors fixed on the center of flowers, eyes of birds and animals.

Updated on 3rd October, 2018

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