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Mutwa Embroidery

Mutwa Embroidery is a native art of the Maldhari, a sub-caste of the Muslim community belonging to the Banni area in Kutch District. This highly involved embroidery usually makes use of silk threads.

Mutwa Embroidery uses a range of stitches like the chain, square chain, reverse chain, romanian, knot, satin, double running, lazy daisy, herringbone, and hemming stitches. This work also includes an ample use of mirrors stitched to the cloth. Geometric motifs are usually used. The designs also include five-petalled flowers created using tiny square stitches.

The Mutwa style is further made up of Mukko, Chikan, Chopat, Katri and Gotanv sub-styles. Out of these, the Mukko style employs metallic threads which are used for embroidery work on elegant fabrics like silk.

Updated on 11th January, 2015
District: Kutch


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