Embroidery refers to the thread craft that enhances the look of a fabric or product. This thread craft is generally done on natural fabrics with tight weaves. Embroidery designs of India are influenced by different cultures and have a flavor of their own. Indian embroidery is cherished by craftsmen and has the world swooning over them. Embroidery designs are formed on the basis of texture of the fabric.
It may also include decorating materials other than threads, like pearls, beads, stones and sequins. India is known for its beautiful embroidery techniques. Fundamental stitches of embroidery are running stitch, cross stitch and satin stitch. Surface embroidery technique are more economical. Aari embroidery is one of the many forms of embroidery, originated in the Mughal era. Aari work is a type of embroidery work that is done by stretching the fabric tightly over a wooden frame. A pen like needle, that resembles a crochet needle is used to do the intrinsic Aari work.
Aari art work is popular for its fine and delicate thread work. Aari art work is popular for its fine and delicate thread work. Aari work enhances the essence of hand embroidery. It is largely practiced in Ahmedabad. The kind of stitch that is used for Aari work embroidery is chain stitch. Since Aari work has its origin from the Mughal era, motifs of Aari work are derived from nature. These motifs include leaves, vines, flowers, trees, birds and animals. Embroideries used in ethnic fashion are distinguished from the Aari embroidery because of these motifs. This type of embroidery has its place in contemporary fashion as well.