This craft is from Bihar in the north east. Sujuni is the straight running stitch embroidery on layered fabric. A fine running stitch all over the sheet in a similar colour as the base cloth creates the background. The design is then filled in with tiny running stitches in coloured thread. Narrative elements on nature, religion and daily life are all represented.

Mojari Shoes

November 24, 2009

Mojari are the traditional leather footwear worn
mostly by the farmers of Rajasthan and Gujurat.
The three piece last consists of a soft leather upper
and a sole constructed from many layers of leather
that are stitched together. The thick sole insulates
the wearer from the extremes of the desert climate
and protects from the rough regional terrain of sand
dunes and thorny pathways. The men perform the
ornamental punching and studding and the women
undertake the embroidery directly onto the shoes.
Traditionally there is no distinction between the left
and right foot.

Banjara Embroidery

October 1, 2009


This embroidery and quilt making comes from the
northern districts of Karnataka. Women of the various
communities make Khowdi (patchwork quilts) with an
abandon of colour and composition. They are structured
using three to six layers of reused fabrics and held
together by running stitches that transverse in lines and
squares. The women of the Banjara or Lambani
community use their traditional skills in embroidery as
a means of livelihood.

Kantha Embroidery

September 30, 2009