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Create your own Fabric Designs

Create your own Fabric Designs

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At Colouricious we are as passionate about the fabrics we print on as the blocks we actually use to print.

We love to make different designs of fabric for our projects and it is really a lot easier to do than you may think. Take a look at the video below and you will see how we can make our fabric designs for our next project from the left over inks on previous projects!

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Our DVD Inspired Block Printing gives you loads of ideas of how to create your own fabrics and what to do with them. It is one of our most popular DVDs but as our gift to you, we are letting you download it for free now just by visiting our website.

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Download for FREE!


Halloween Idea

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Now the nights are drawing in and with Halloween and Bonfire Night just around the corner, you maybe thinking about some more vibrant and colourful crafts projects to celebrate these occasions. We have the perfect answer for you with a set of fluorescent paints that will look great on dark fabrics, and create a magical effect. If you would like to grab a set, then head over to our website and place your order.

Buy our Fluorescent Paint


Latest Arrivals

We have just received another delivery from our carvers in India and the boxes were full of lovely designs that have enabled us to create some delightful sets. The blocks were mostly the larger designs which we know are always very popular, but we have added some smaller blocks into some of the sets as well. As usual, click on the image of the set you want to be taken to our website to get your set.

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Giant Paisleys
Our Paisley Patterned blocks are always very popular and I am sure these one will be no exception. 6 Larger blocks with a mat, sponges and a cleaning brush.

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Bold Patterns
4 detailed large headline blocks for those larger craft projects that can have these bold deigns as a feature image.
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Precious Peacock
New Peacock sets are snapped up very quickly by our regular customers and I think this set will be in demand as usual. We have added some gorgeous patterns to our cute Peacock to make this set even more desirable.

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Happy Hoppiness
In amongst the larger blocks were these delightful ones that we thought would look excellent together. the rabbit and tree are the headline designs, but the dainty flower and leaf blocks make this a very beautiful set.
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Gorgeous Gujarat

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Colouricious is delighted to announce that we have just opened the popular trip to Gujarat for 2017. The spectacular trip will take place in November next year from 7th – 19th. In this 13 day trip you will get to explore the Gujarati region of India taking in sights and sounds as well as visiting workshops and seeing how the villagers design and create their beautiful textiles.

The region of Gujarat is also the home of the world famous Kite Festival of Uttarayan. Made famous in books such as The Kite Runner, The Kite Festival is a uniquely Gujarati phenomenon, when the skies over most cities of the state fill with kites from before dawn until well after dark. The festival marks the days in the Hindu calendar when winter begins turning to summer, known as Makar Sankranti or Uttarayan. On what is usually a bright warm sunny day with brisk breezes to lift the kites aloft, across the state almost all normal activity is shut down and everyone takes to the rooftops and roadways to fly kites and compete with their neighbors. We will be able to see the start of the Kite production in the streets of Ahmedabad.

Watch the video below about the Leading Ladies of Gujarat to give you an idea of what you will see and experience on this beautiful holiday.

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If you would like to join us in November next year, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

The arrival autumn brings a whole new look to our gardens and plants, and it was seeing the leaves falling from the trees that inspired this weeks special club member deal.

Pick any of the blocks or sets from our Leaves and Trees section and receive a 20% discount on every set from this group that you purchase.

You can find the sets to choose from by visiting the Leaves and Trees page of our website and using the code below.

trees20

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 30th October.


Quilt Shows

The Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show proved to be extremely popular, it was wonderful to meet you all that came along. We shared some wonderful stories and crafting ideas, and the show was a great success.

We have two more shows in November and we would love to meet you if you can make it along to either of the shows.

West Country Textile Show – 11th – 13th November

Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show – 24th – 27th November


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show for FREE!

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

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Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?

Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.
1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Learn how to Paint on Silk

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Learn the art of silk painting and how silk is spun by silk worms, in these wonderful videos. You will love learning about the fascinating production, followed by the gorgeous silk fabric that are produced. Check out our full range of silk painting supplies and create what you are able to see in these videos.

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If this has piqued your interest in painting on silk, then check out all of the kits and accessories we have on our Silk Painting page.


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Fabric Paints

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Gelli Plates

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Gift Vouchers

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Stencils

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Add some Shisha to your craft projects

Add some Shisha to your craft projects

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Shisha or Abla Bharat embroidery , or mirror-work, is a type of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors reflect metal to fabric. Mirror embroidery is spread throughout Asia, and today can be found in the traditional embroidery of Iran, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Indonesia.

It is a really lovely way to adorn and embellish your textile crafting projects and it makes them stand out from the crowd.
We have an excellent video on our YouTube channel that show you how to sew with Shisha mirrors. You can click on the video below to watch it.

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Our YouTube channel is cram packed full of lovely videos for you to watch and learn from. Access to every video is free and there are 269 for you to choose from. We are very proud of the videos we have made and they have been viewed over 3.5 million times, so why not join in and watch a few today.

You can find the Colouricious YouTube channel by clicking the link below. If you like the videos I would really appreciate it if you could click on the “thumbs up” symbol just beneath it to let everybody know you liked it.

YouTube Channel

We have a wonderful special Shisha starter kit available at the moment. It comprises:
• a selection of Anchor embroidery thread
• a bag of beautiful hand cut diamond shaped shisha mirrors
• 5 wonderful hand carved wooden block designs perfect for shisha mirrors measuring 75mm in diameter
• a sponge to apply fabric paints to your blocks
• a small foam mat
It is the perfect set to get you started in Shisha embroidery.

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Learn New Embroidery Techniques

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Come and join in on our kantha stitch embroidery textile tour of West Bengal to learn about Indian heritage, hosted by our Colouricious representative. During your textile holiday you will be exploring the Indian traditional techniques of kantha stitch, block printing, batik, macrame, embroidery and textiles, and many more truly unique experiences, many of which will be in remote villages, off the beaten track. The tour is in October 2017, and is for 14 days. It is a hugely popular tour and we highly recommend it if you enjoy embroidery and want to learn about different stitching styles.

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If you would like to join us in October next year, then head over to our website and use the online booking form to reserve your place. It is a fantastic trip and we would love for you to join us.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

The Hmong people are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China. Their history is somewhat difficult to trace but it is believed that they originated in the mountains of the Yellow River before migrating South in search of more arable land to farm. The Hmong people are now in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos as well as China.
The Hmong people are famous for their intricate textile art which comprises bold geometric patterns often in bright contrasting colours. Sub cultures of the Hmong people, not surprisingly, associate themselves with different patterns and techniques when it comes to their textile art designs. White Hmong are usually associated with reverse applique while the Green Hmong are more likely to be seen using batik.
We have a number of beautifully intricate pattern blocks in Hmong styles and they would be wonderful on any craft project.Use the code below and you will get 20% off any these blocks you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Hmong Blocks

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 23rd October.


Quilt Shows

We have just got back from the Craft4Crafters show. It was lovely to see you all and to hear all your stories about block printing. I am off to Dublin next week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show and would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show – 20th – 23rd October


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show for FREE!

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

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Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?
Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.

1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Huge choice of Gelli Plates

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We have lots of different shapes and sizes of Gelli Plates on our website. Gelli Plates are incredibly versatile and can create unique designs and patterns for your craft projects. They can also be used in combination with stencils and our blocks which make the a perfect addition to a crafters toolbox.

If you would like to take a look at the range of Gelli Plates and accessories we have on offer, visit our Gelli Plate page, and see all the different items that we have in stock.


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Fabric Paints

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Silk Painting

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Gift Vouchers

Stencils Add some Shisha to your craft projects

Stencils

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

Some Lovely Gift Ideas

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If you are stuck for ideas for your next crafting project we have loads of them for you on our website. You can take a look at some of the ideas here.

We have a lovely video showing you how to make your own make-up bag which you can watch by clicking on the video below.

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We have a range of excellent videos showing you how to make lots of other gift items. Take a look at the following videos.

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If the idea of block printing a tea towel appeals, then why not take advantage of our October Deal of the Month. Information on the deal is at the bottom of this newsletter, but you will get free tea towels for ordering some of our lovely Christmas Block Sets.

If you have some ideas for crafting projects that you would like to share we would love to hear from you. Just pop me an email with your idea and any pictures you have and we would love to add your project to our website.


Visit Amazing Japan

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I don’t know if you saw it, but there was a wonderful series on ITV with Joanna Lumley exploring Japan. I believe it was a 3 or 4 part series airing on a Friday evening and I am sure you can catch up on any episodes you may have missed if you are interested. You can find more details about the show by visiting the ITV website.

Japan is a mystical, magical and exciting country as well as being technologically very advanced. We have never run a crafting holiday to Japan before, but when we were presented with the opportunity to change this, we jumped at the chance. The first holiday sold out in record time, (literally within 4 days of it going live on our website) so we decided to put on another trip for May 2017. This trip is already well over 70% full, but there are still a few spaces left for anybody that is interested, or maybe has watched Joanna Lumley’s experiences and decided that Japan is for me!

The spring time is the perfect season of the year to visit Japan with blossom out and everything looking so wonderful. We will be exploring Tokyo, Kyoto and Kanazawa where we will be sightseeing as well as participating in workshops and the world famous Japanese tea ceremony.

If you would like to join us on this super trip to such a beautiful country, please head over to our website where you will find the full itinerary and the booking form where you can reserve your place. Be one of the first intrepid Colouricious Club members who will be joining us on our inaugural visits to Japan.


Colouricious Club Member Deals

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We have a lovely assortment of bugs, butterfly and gecko blocks that always prove popular and we are expecting this offer to just increase that popularity.

Use the code below and you will get 20% off any bug, butterfly or gecko block you purchase that can be found on the following page of our website. Bug Blocks

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As usual, the code is only valid for 1 week and will expire on Sunday 16th October.


Quilt Shows

The next two shows are just around the corner now and we are starting to pack up ready for the Craft4Crafters show this week, and then I am off to Dublin the following week for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show. I would love to meet anybody that can come along to the show, so please say hello, it is lovely to see you all.

Craft4Crafters – 13th – 15th October at the Bath & West Showgrounds

Dublin Knitting & Stitching Show – 20th – 23rd October


Printology is so popular we are doing it twice! But only spaces now for October.

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Our February Course is now full!

As we expected, our Printology Workshop proved to be very popular and we filled the February course in just over 1 month. We sort of guessed that this would be the case which is why we have already organised a second workshop for October next year.

The second course is going to run from 26th – 29th October 2017 and we are now taking deposits so you can reserve your place on the workshop. If you want a place on the October workshop act quickly to grab your space.


Come and See me at a Quilt Show

We have a couple of tickets left for the West Country Quilt & Textile Show. The tickets are for Sunday 13th November and the show is at the University of the West of England Exhibition Centre. We also have some free tickets for the Dublin Knitting and Stitching Show as well, which is at the end of this month

If you would like a ticket for either of these shows all you need to do is purchase anything from our website and add a line in the note box that you would like a ticket and we will send it out with the items you purchased. I am afraid this will have to be a first come, first served offer, so they are gone the offer will be over. If you are one of the lucky ones though, I look forward to seeing you there!


October Deal of the Month

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Christmas is coming!

I know, I know, we are only just into October and the sun is still shining, but I have seen some Christmas adverts and the shopping channels are already mentioning it, so I don’t feel too bad about reminding you all that Christmas is not that far away. For us crafters, we have top be even more organised if we are going to produce home-crafted gifts and cards for our friends and family. I was talking with one of our club members who is already preparing her designs for gifts, and she told me about her 6 year old grandson who loves joining in with when when she block prints and is going to make gifts himself for all his teachers this year.

So, now we have all agreed that Christmas is on its way, what is the special offer?

Well, we thought we would give you the chance to combine our beautiful Christmas blocks with something you can print on and give as a gift. Buy any one of our Christmas Block sets and you will get a free tea towel to block print and create a lovely festive gift. The deal gets better though as if you buy two of the Christmas sets, you will get 3 free tea towels and buy three sets and get 5 free tea towels. No code or comment to make when you order, just choose your sets and we will do the rest.
1 Christmas Block Set – 1 Free Tea Towel
2 Christmas Block Sets – 3 Free Tea Towels
3 Christmas Block Sets – 5 Free Tea Towels

To see the choice of block sets for this offer you can visit our October Offer page.

It is a great deal and I am sure anybody who receives a hand printed tea towel will love it.


Choose from our range of Stencils

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We have an extensive range of lovely stencils and I am sure that there is a stencil that will be perfect for your next craft project. You can use our stencils in combination with lots of other products that we sell and they work especially well with layers and masking techniques.

If you would like to take a look at the range of stencils we have on offer, visit our stencil page, and see all the stencil designers and the different designs that we have in stock.


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Fabric Paints

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Silk Painting

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Gift Vouchers

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Gelli Plates

Learn, Create, Be Happy!

kind regards
Jamie Malden
Colouricious

 

Quilting in Gujarat

Colouricious-Quilting-300x178 Quilting in GujaratWith an abundance of fine needle-women, Gujarat also produces its own variety of patchwork quilting. Like quilts from all around the world, theirs are made using applique work and the use of small scraps sewn together. In India the traditions of make do and mend are still rife in the tribal and village communities, where they like to use up scraps of torn old fabrics and turn them into an expression of personal creativity.

The techniques may be the same but the overall look of the Indian quilt is very different. The colour palette is much richer and the themes quite different here in Gujarat.

This area of India had a fine tradition of ornamental household goods. From ancient times its people have delighted in being surrounded by the most beautiful and ornamental home accents. The torans (doorway hangings) and quilts showcase the best in ornamentation techniques. Far from the stark patchwork quilts of the Amish, their quilts are covered in embroidery and applique worked in rich red cotton against a white background. These become family heirlooms and can be found stacked and covered with a gorgeous elaborate dharaniya throw full of mirrors.

Around India quilt making varies enormously and in the Odisha region and West Bengal the Kantha quilt has become a worldwide must have item.

Kantha is the name of a running stitch and here the quilts do not take their beauty from fancy embroidery or applique but the simple joining together of layers with a single long stitch. They are primarily recycled saris made of cotton and vary in size from a blanket to a throw. The entire cloth is covered with the running stitches giving the finished item a wrinkled wavy effect.

Textiles Crafts of Gujarat

There are many different textile crafts that are carried out in Gujarat and here are some of the more popular.

Shisha/Shisheh/Abhia Bharat mirror work

Colouricious-Shisha-Mirror-Work-300x180 Textiles Crafts of GujaratThe wrapping of small round pieces of mirror in embroidery and intertwined into patterns, is known as Mutua embroidery, Shisheh or Abhia Bharat.  Shisheh is the Persian word for glass and Abhia Bharat is the Hindi name.

When first this style of mirror work emerged in 17thC India various things were used as the reflective element, like Mica, Beetle wings, Tin and Silver coins.  This was replaced by very thin glass, made by blowing glass into large thin bubbles and snipped into shape by the women using special scissors. You can see this application used in virtually all their work, for wall hangings and torana (doorway hangings) and the small glints of tiny mirrors has another significance to the Rabari who believe it wards off the evil eye.  In clothing it is mostly used on traditional folk clothes and creates a beautiful sparkly appearance, adding yet another layer of texture and vibrancy to the heavily embellished embroidery.

Abhia Bharat/Shisha mirror work is traditionally the embroidery of Kathiawar and Kutch regions of Gujarat but has become so popular it can be found all over India.  The mirror circles are attached with stitches and often with chain stitch, with the work around it completed in stem and herringbone stitch in traditional colours of blue, red, green and pink.  Floral motifs of various shapes and foliage, creepers, climbers, tendrils are the most common.

The greatest contribution to Indian embroidery is from this area of Gujarat state, precisely from Kutch and Kathiawar, however the beauty lies in the rich designs and the skill of the village women who do this work during their leisure time.  After harvesting they engage in needle-crafts, making costumes for their family each year and also dowry items.  This embroidery was introduced by ‘Kathi’ the cattle breeders, who were nomads brought by Karna the famous warrior of Mahabharat.

There are subtly different styles practiced by different tribes, the various clans of Ahirs, Manbis, Mochis and Rabaris. The complex caste stystem in India dictates the type of work practiced, with the Mochi being traditional shoe makers who live in multi-caste villages but occupy their own distinct quarters.  In other areas of India the Mochi are involved with working tanned leather, making other items from leather as required.  They do not do the tanning as this is the occupation of another clan.

The Ahirs were expert cobblers and their embroidery was purely for home use and not to the same standard as the Rabari.  The Kanbi were cultivators, migrants from Saurashtra whose designs are influenced by Persian art (particularly sunflower and cactus flower). Mochi are also artisan cobbers and shoemakers but although their work is similar to the Ahirs it is worked differently.  The Rabari however, have styles and techniques of embroidery that are entirely different from that of the other communities, they follow a different set of rules and a different lifestyle.

The Rabari work is impressive and attractive, usually done on a material of a maroon colour, it is heavy in weight and rich in complexity. The colours used are subtle and accentuate the stitchery, they also combine a type of applique work.  Mostly it is seen on canopies, door curtains, wall decorations and other household articles, not so much on the main dresses and costumes because it lacks delicacy.  When used on clothing it is most likely as a border design. As the small round mirrors are now also made by machine, it is possible to buy these in many places.

Lippan Kaam – mud relief work.

Colouricious-Lippam-Kaam-Work-300x225 Textiles Crafts of GujaratThe application of small round mirrors also extends to the walls of homes. The buildings are traditionally round mud huts with thatched roofs, very plain simple and suitable for the climate, however the decorations inside and out can be stunning.

In the remains of the ancient settlements of the Indus Valley at the site of Dholavira were pieces of earthenware which had survived in its original form for five thousand years, this showed mud relief work.   The circular mud houses are known as Bhungas and the village dwellers in Kutch decorate the walls of their houses with clay, dung, and mirrors.  The clay mixture is manipulated into string like strands and then applied in patterns to form relief designs.

Clay is abundant in Kutch and the great Rann desert. It is pounded and sifted through a sieve to get a smooth powder.  Ingredients are added to give it anti-cracking properties and the most common being dung from either camels or donkeys. The addition of mirrors makes the inside of the houses twinkle with the light from one lamp being thrown around the room to add brightness and decoration.  On the outside of the homes the mirrors are used to ward off the evil eye, common themes being undertaken are Elephant, Camel, Peacock, Parrot, Scorpion, women with water pots on their heads or churning butter milk.  Trees, flowering vines, hill and temples can all be seen as themes.

This technique has been perfected by a few individuals as a form of up-market interior design and can be seen in some five star hotels and in films.

The Kachchhi Rabari, (a sub-tribe of the Rabari) are excellent in this art form but it may be on the verge of extinction as the younger generation are not so interested in this work. The hamlets of Banni are full of this art and on every house you can see walls that are embellished with mud relief work.  The designs used are influenced by their own embroidery; geometrical forms, pheasants and women with water pots are the most auspicious signs for this community.

The Mutwa are Islamic by religion so Mutwa mud work is slightly different here, being taken on by the men only and the designs contain no living forms but ornament of geometric and pattern. A lot of the old mud and mirror work was lost during the great earthquake of 2001, some places remain in this style.  One of the villages called Hodka is considered the best of all the Kutch villages and known for good food, great hospitality and showcasing perfect examples of design and local skills.  Close to the Rann desert (which it is worth visiting at sunset) Dhordo is another excellent village to visit for this type of expertise.

Some students of this craft have adapted the idea and now work it on wooden panels, substituting the rather pungent dung with something less smelly and thus broadening the appeal for this art.

Mata Ni Pacheadi
Colouricious-Mata-Ni-Pacheadi-300x225 Textiles Crafts of Gujarat

The Cloth of Goddess Mother, or Mata ni Pachedi, as the term is popularly called, is a very popular narrative scroll from Gujarat. These were made by the Vaghris, the wandering caste. The Vaghris were once a wandering caste, some of whom have now settled in Ahemdabad, the great industrialized city of Gujarat  First they take a block and it is printed and then later they fill in the colours using a stick like the same way kalamkari work is done.

 

 

Patola of Patan (Double Ikkat Weaving)

Colouricious-Patola-of-Patan-300x226 Textiles Crafts of GujaratThe art of weaving double Ikat sari locally known as Patola is still surviving in Patan.  It is the use of tie and dye technique which is used to make the double ikat.  The warp and weft are both tied and dyed and then put on to the loom for weaving.  There are only 2 or 3 family in patan doing this type of weaving.  During the 15th 16 century the patola from patan was exported to Malaysia and Indonesia.

 

 

Mushroo Weaving

Colouricious-Mushroo-Weaving-300x225 Textiles Crafts of GujaratMushroo is actually an Arabic word meaning permitted.  In Islam it was prohibited to wear pure silk directly on to the body, and that is how this craft came into existence.  The Mushroo fabric is made of Silk/Rayon warp and cotton weft. They are woven together and the end result is you get the silk/rayon threads on the outside and the cotton remains in the inside.

 

 

 

 

Ahir Embroidery

Colouricious-Ahir-Embroidery-300x169 Textiles Crafts of GujaratAhir community consider themselves to be the down line of Lord Krishna and they migrated to Gujarat along with lord Krishna when he migrated from Mathura to Dwarka, the Ahir embroidery is one of the best in the region.

 

 

 

Rabhari Embroidery

Colouricious-Rabhari-Embroidery-300x225 Textiles Crafts of GujaratRabhari which means wonderers and this community they say are the down line of Lord Shiva, and they are divided into various clans and the embroidery of each clan is different, and very beautiful

 

 

 

 

 

Muthwa Embroidery

Colouricious-Muthwa-Embroidery-300x158 Textiles Crafts of GujaratMuthwa community has migrated from Arabia or from sindh some 500 years ago, their embroidery is one the best in the region, they use very small mirror and also the use of gold thread is done by them.  They are Muslims and among the 16 different Muslims clan in the kutch region.

 

 

Meghwal Embroidery

Colouricious-Meghwal-Embroidery-300x157 Textiles Crafts of GujaratMeghwals they consider them to be down line of Megh reshi and Mahatma Gandhi named them harijan, Gods owns People.  Their house and embroidery is very beautiful, they also use mirrors in the embroidery and the house have beautiful mud and mirror work inside.