Embroidery is a fabric art. Leather Embroidery is a later invention.
Embroidery is the embellishment of cloth with designs made by needle and
thread. Different types of fabric, threads and techniques are used for
fabric embroidery. They are affected by the region, religion and other
crafts of the region.
This art of decorating fabric is the most antique form of clothes
adornment and is unique to each place. Kashmiri embroidery was initially
done on woolen Fabric with woolen thread. The motifs and colors are
typical representations of the nature. Rumal Chambal is silk embroidery
on even weave cloth. Phulkari is bright bold florals on coarse cotton
cloth. Chikankari is Indian whitework on fine muslin and kantha is
simple running stitch on quilts or quilted cloth.
Kasuti is the unique sari embroidery of Karnataka that uses religious
motifs. And Zardosi uses metal thread on fabric. Mirror and bead work of
Gujarat and Rajasthan have made a niche for themselves. There are so
many other forms of embroidery each different from the other. Even the
forms having a common origin that later developed in different region