INTRICATE: Kutch, mirrors and intricate patterns

Some of the most creative and exquisite patterns of mirrored embroideries can be seen in world renowned Kutch village of Gujrat, India. The women of Kutch have succeeded in keeping the traditions and culture alive by churning out the intricate embroidery which ornate the entire fabric and embellishes it completely.

An art originated & crafted by nomadic tribes has come a long way to make its niche on international platform. Globally acknowledged Kutch embroidery is one of the finest examples of intricate needlework which depicts various forms, patterns, themes and styles. 



The “mirror work” of Kutch is really a myriad of styles, which present a richly textured map of regions and ethnic groups. Each style, a distinct combination of stitches, patterns and colors, and rules for using them, was shaped by historical, socio-economic and cultural factors. Traditional but never static, styles evolved over time, responding to prevailing trends. For more detailed information you can click on Kutch art and the village women involved.


Local artisans are a hub of talent who dedicatedly work for months to showcase their crafts at Rann Utsav which is a annual festival held at Kutch.

Last year I had this opportunity to meet them and see them create magic on fabric with the needle. Chanya cholis were so bright, waist coats were big hit too.

Did I shop? YES ! I went bonkers. This lovely Laharia sari in the picture below is now one of my prized possession. The lady was stitching a mirrored embroidered lace on the edges of sari which immediately caught my attention. I had to buy it.

Hope you enjoy my choices for this theme.

 Have you missed my yesterday’s post?  To enjoy most colorful gallery showing  Naga Tribes in Motion click here. I bet you will love it.



31 Responses

  1. Beautiful! I too love local art and craft pieces from each state – Gujrati, Rajasthani, Punjabi in fact all states. I bring them here too whatever we are allowed to bring.

      1. True! Mostly we end up keeping them in the wardrobe as our unique collection. When I was in India, I always loved wearing Jaipuri suits/kurtis in cotton, those tie and dye as well as crinkled ones.

  2. The pictures are gorgeous … but the things they make are even more wonderful. I just love the richness of the colors. The whole marketplace is vibrating with color. I want to buy everything and take it home with me 🙂

    1. Thank you so much. Most of the people feel that way. It is difficult to resist temptations. Today we are having some commitments therefore missed the prompt. I will catch you all in the morning. It is midnight here.

  3. I would not be able to resist all these colours and patterns – what a great, intricate work. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    1. Yes, it is done exquisitely by the artisans. There are various forms of this embroidery which can be seen in the shops. Thanks for the visit. Your words are appreciated.

  4. I enjoyed each of the picture. This art is amazing. While growing up I had these kurtis, handbags and lehangas. I loved it then.

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