Aari embroidery on silk scarf from Benares, India
- Hand wash separately in cold water with mild detergent
- Do not bleach or scrub the fabric
- Reverse dry in shade
Beyond being known for its decorative effects on garments and home decor, Indian hand embroidery highlights the skills and creativity of the needleworker which in turn represents the identity and lifestyle of the communities that they come from. The rich repertoire of Indian embroidery includes a range of stitches and techniques worked on fabric with supplementary threads along with embellishment of the fabric with mirrors, coins, shells and metallic elements. Over the centuries, each region in India has developed its own unique style and variations of embroidery and with the wealth of skills and techniques available, it is no surprise that the demand for exquisite Indian embroidery continues to grow globally.
Weight 80 g Dimensions 184 x 52 cm
Reviving The Art Of Traditional Indian Embroidery
Embroidery has always been in Asif’s bones, having watched his mother transform plain cloth to objects of beauty since young, and grown up in the heart of the world’s great textile hub—Ahmedabad. After graduating from the School of Interior Design (CEPT), Asif went on to experiment with and reinvent textiles and embroideries for over 22 years.
His deep sense for aesthetics, detail and thirst for understanding intricate weaving techniques, printing and dyeing, natural colours, apparatus and embellishing techniques have made him renowned throughout the world for quality Indian textile. This was never more apparent in the 2013 ‘Resurgence’ world tour launched at the IGNCA-New Delhi, which showcased a collection of great Indian textiles created by master artisans under his guidance.
Career highlights include redesigning the Karchob or the scroll frame by mounting the fabric on the frame for the best embroidery results (2012); re-introducing real Kasab gold thread and using beetle wings for embellishing special pieces of embroidery woven from peacock feathers in 2015; and overall, contemporising an art that still retains much of the craftsmanship, techniques and grandeur that helped inspire the East India Trade era.
Place of Origin: Gujarat, India