Heavily embroidered bridal blouse designs are quite in vogue these days. And the fashion-forward brides of Chennai do complete justice to this trend. But as bride-to-be have you wondered what type of embroidery and embellishments to choose for your bridal blouse which will best compliment your wedding saree and the handpicked jewels? Embroidery is a broad term and encompasses different styles originating from different regions in India as well as abroad. We know for a fact that the quintessential brides of today like do to their homework before making every wedding-related decision. So here is a comprehensive guide about the different embroidery styles that are commonly used in making bridal blouse masterpieces.
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Embroidery is essentially the process of creating artistic patterns on fabric with thread and needle and adornments. Typically, designers use adornments like for pearls, crystals, mirrors, metal motifs, sequins etc for bridal blouse embroidery. The process is very meticulous and intricate designs may involve a lot of details.
Difference Between Hand Embroidery And Machine Embroidery
Just as having knowledge about the embroidery types is vital, knowing the difference between hand and machine embroidery is also equally important. The main differences between hand embroidery and machine embroidery are:
- Stitching process: Hand embroidery means manually making the patterns, whereas machine embroidery is computed generated.
- Quality: Unlike machine embroidery, every piece of hand embroidery is unique. Even for the same embroiderer and same design, each embroidery will be unique.
- Efficiency: With machine embroidery, multiple uniform pieces can be replicated in a jiffy.
- Time factor: As hand embroidery is manually done, it is more time-consuming than machine embroidery.
- Cost: Needless to say, the price difference between the two is enormous. Hand embroidery is at least 3 times more expensive than machine embroidery.
Types Of Embroidery Used For Designing Bridal Blouses
The embroidery styles commonly used on bridal blouse designs are:
Maggam Or Aari
As one of the most tedious forms of embroidery, Aari or Maggam traces its origins to the 12 Century. It is believed to be used by artists in the Moghul empire and consequently became the choice of royals reigning in Northern parts of India. Today, its use is quite popular in Kashmir, Kuth and Rajasthan. It is done using a long hooked needle. Typically it involves creating fine and concentric rings of chain stitch to make elaborate motifs. Nature influenced floral and animal motifs are very common in this type of embroidery. Due to its regal appeal and intricacy, Maggam/Aari embroidery finds its use in bridal blouse designs frequently. This type of embroidery can also be done with machines and are comparatively less expensive than hand embroidered blouses.
Zardosi Or Zari
Zardozi is a combination of two Persian words, Zar meaning gold and Dozi meaning embroidery. It is yet another form of embroidery with Moghul influence. Zardosi means using Zari (gold metallic thread) to make a heavy and glittery golden thread work. However, nowadays synthetic golden threads with a plastic core have replaced the original silver and gold threads. While Zardozi uses a simple hand needle for creating patterns and hence, requires more effort, Aari uses a needle is fixed on a stick, which makes the hole in the fabric and thread, can be pulled both ways. Thus, Zardosi differs from Aari work in terms of the needle holding technique and the material used.
For time immemorial, designers have been using Zardosi on bridal wear like lehengas, blouses and sarees. Its use in North Indian bridal wear is very peculiar.
Kantha is one of the oldest Indian origin embroidery styles. The rural women of West Bengal played a significant part in its evolution and subsequent popularity. Kantha means ‘rags’ in Sanskrit. Traditionally, this embroidery was used to mend discarded garments for making for quilts etc. Typically, the women would take the yarn from old garments, trace the design and cover it with running stitches. Ancient Kantha embroidery was rich in motifs representing nature like the sun, the tree of life etc. However, with cultural and religious influence, other motifs like that of gods and goddesses etc are now common in this form of embroidery.
Over a period of time, it has evolved and made its way right into the heart of bridal fashion. Bridal blouse designs with divine images are in trend these days. Mostly, Kantha embroidery is used to create such designs.
If we are talking about designer bridal blouses, probably cutwork embroidery is the first thing that pops up in our mind. Cutwork blouses can different styles and patterns. From floral cutwork to abstract cuts, every wedding season we get to see unique and creative patterns. In cutwork embroidery, the fabric is cut out on specific areas to create a pattern or design. The empty spaces or holes are then embellished with needlework. The holes and the embroidery put together gives the lace-like appeal to the fabric.
Originally from Persia, this embroidery method involves using small pieces of mirror to decorate the fabric. The mirrors in different sizes are stitched on the fabric using interlacing thread. Usually, the artisans use a combination of stitches like buttonhole stitch and cross stitch. The art form is very popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan where the women use mirror work embroidery on garments.
Gotta Patti Work
Gota Patti Work (also known as Gota-Kinari work) is a type of metal embroidery originally practised in Rajasthan. Small zari ribbon pieces are sewed to create elaborate patterns. And the end result is captivating gold applique on the fabric. Motifs in shapes of human figures, animals, birds etc generally used in this type of embroidery.
If you want the right amount of bling on your bridal attire but at the same time want to avoid the weight of other embroideries and adornments, Gota Patti work is an ideal choice. Especially, it looks amazing on bridal lehenga blouses and dupattas.
Each one of the above embroidery styles has its own charm. No wonder they have to favoured by top designers to create stunning bridal blouses that have left us mesmerized time and again. Let us know which ones you chose to flaunt your bridal avatar! For more bridal ideas and inspirations, follow the blog section on our website or write to us in the comment section below.
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