Collection: Banjara Whimsy

The embroidery is an amalgam of pattern darning, mirror work, cross stitch, and overlaid and quilting stitches. This is intrinsic to the traditional costumes of the Banjaras and their needlework technique is distinct from the Banjara communities in other parts of the country, such as in Gujarat and Rajasthan. The agile fingers of the Banjara womenfolk move delicately tracing intricate threadwork, developing varied patterns, geometric combinations and motifs; with a myriad of stitching techniques, such as the closed herringbone stitch, brick stitch, cross stitch, stem stitch, blanket stitch, running stitch and appliqué work. Stitches are encircled by mirrors, shells, beads and resist dying to create an ensemble that is kaleidoscopic and reflects a sense of gay abandon that is so characteristic of the Banjaras.



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