The Indian Embroidery
A century heritage
Embroidery the Art of working raised designs in Threads of silk, cotton, gold or silver upon the surface of woven cloth with help of Needle, has been known in India from very early times . Embroidery has rich Tradition in India dating back to Pr-historic times.
Evidence is available that India is its Original Home, Therefore it will Not be improper to say that hand-embroidery is as old as civilization of India, The earliest Indian needles were excavated at Mohenjadaro and can be dated to Circa 2000 BC.
The Vedas contains numerous reference to needle work in Vedic literature , Embroidered garment are termed as ‘pesas’ and ‘pesaskari’ means a Women embroider.
In the 16th century, in the reign of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, his chronicler Abu al-Fazl ibn Mubarak wrote in the famous Ain-i-Akbari: "His majesty (Akbar) pays much attention to various stuffs; hence Irani, Ottoman, and Mongolian articles of wear are in much abundance especially textiles embroidered in the patterns of Nakshi, Saadi, Chikhan, Ari,Zardozi, Wasli, Gota and Kohra. The imperial workshops in the towns of Lahore, Agra, Fatehpur and Ahmadabad turn out many masterpieces of workmanship in fabrics, and the figures and patterns, knots and variety of fashions which now prevail astonish even the most experienced travelers. Taste for fine material has since become general, and the drapery of embroidered fabrics used at feasts surpasses every description. Elaborately embroidered clothing, religious objects, and household items have been a mark of wealth and Status.