Intro to Indian Embroidery: North India

Traditional Indian outfits are beautiful, often hand-crafted pieces of art using traditional methods of embroidery and design that have been around for hundreds of years. It can be a daunting prospect to learn about so I've decided to give you all a quick intro to the most popular Indian embroidery types (that you've probably worn) broken down into categories. Here's a quick intro on three of the most popular and easily recognizably North Indian embroidery styles!


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Chikan is an intricate and light style of embroidery originally from Lucknow that is commonly seen style on Indian kurthas. It's usually seen on light fabrics, such as cotton, linen and chiffon, making it pretty fantastic for a sweltering summer. 


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Kashida is a style hailing from Kashmir that uses a single stitch and motifs from nature, such as, birds, leaves and trees. It is not just found on clothing but is also popular on shawls, throws and pillows.


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Phulkari is a famous, colorful style of embroidery from Punjab focused on floral patterns and designs. It's known for its bright, colorful designs that fully consume the clothing or item, leaving very little or no blank spaces.