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  • Elegant Lines Of Aari Patterns

    A major source of inspiration for the mochis was nature and wildlife.The aari motifs were influenced by Mughal style inspired by their private gardens and architectural patterns, while the Persian influence was evident in the scenic forms of peacocks, flower buds and stylized flowering shrubs. Other visions would come from the ripple patterns of the Thar Desert, also known as the Great Indian Desert, and patterns created by rivers.

    The decorative chain stitch is one of the most ornate and tedious stitches. By working rows of chain stitches closely together, it is possible to achieve beautifully shaded colour work with a great deal of depth and subtlety.

    Aari thread detail  aari motives in detail

    One texture the finished work can demonstrate is a lacy finish, which is the result of working the same coloured thread onto the same coloured fabric. Beading is very common form of adding depth to the embroidery. The different shapes and sizes of beads are used to create height and give the fabric richness.

    Aari embroidery lace effect

    The workers would use subtle gradation in different colours of thread to make the designs very representational. With great agility, the artisans would create leaves, flowers and fruits. It was not until more recently that human and animal figures were introduced to express stories or legends.

    brid aari embroidery

    Historically, the chain stich was predominantly used for outlining designs. Interlacing stitches would then be used to fill up the gaps. Modern artisans, who have set up businesses to preserve this craft, can be seen using only the chain stitch. Bringing much more detail and fullness to their designs.

    Image Sources: Carolynforbestextiles, Gaatha, Heritage Institure,