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Aari Work

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.


Aari work embroidery uses beads and stones to create a sparkling effect on the garments. These embellishments are placed in such a way that they create an intrinsic web like pattern to create an intrinsic look. Aari work is more of thread and needle work; however, stones and other embellishments are used to add richness to the embroidery. Aari work is considered appropriate for all seasons as it can be done on velvet, silk, cotton, cotton silk, chanderi, and many other fabrics. This makes Aari embroidery products suitable for people of all demographics. Hand embroidery Aari work is used to create intricate designs all over the garment or on certain parts of the product to enhance its look.


Aari work is considered as the most time consuming needle and thread work. Today, with the help of advance technologies, Aari embroidery work can be completed in lesser time. Aari work designs on sarees are appreciated by women of all age groups. Aari work is done mainly on the body of the sarees, keeping the blouse plain. Similarly, Aari work on Kurt’s is done with emphasis on the bodice and border which catches the eye of the observer. Aari work on dupattas also, looks alluring and grabs the attention of many.


The fabric is first stitched tightly over the wooden frame to remove uneven folds of the fabric. Using a thick cotton thread, the fabric is sewn on to the wooden frame. This does not spoil the grip of the fabric and let’s you form intricate patterns over the fabric. More often, zari, cotton, and silk threads are used to make Aari work embroideries. Fine patterns of embroidery are one of the main features of Aari work. Generally, craftsmen and artisans embellish the Aari embroidery work with sequins, stones and other embellishments to enhance the look of the embroidered patterns.


Since this embroidery works well with all seasons, it has an increased demand across the globe. Traditional and ethnic jewelry goes well with Aari work garments. Sets like Kundan sets can be well paired up with such garments, forming high acceptance for these embroidery techniques. Footwear with such garments needs to be chosen wisely. Stick to neutral shoes such as regular heels to decorate your outfit well.
Aari work embroideries are easy to maintain. Dry cleaning such garments is recommended for the fabric. Soft ironing and gentle hand wash is also advised.

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