Overview for Stitches in Gujarati Embroidery
From the introduction: Embroidery has been used, and still is, by different cultures around the world to decorate a range of textiles used in daily life and in ceremonies, as an expression of identity.
The Gujarat is no exception and is, in my opinion, the most wonderfully rich and exceptional place for embroidery.
Some patterns, for example the interlocking circles that have been used for hundreds, even thousands of years, can still be found today in printed textiles and embroidery. The same pattern is on a ceramic fragment found in the Harappa Civilization (3000-1500 B.C.) around the River Indus in today’s Pakistan.
Anne Morrell (Author)
Anne Morrell was born in Chennai and is a Professor of Textiles and former Head of Embroidery at the Manchester Metropotitan University. In addition to her research interests in historic and ethnic textiles, particularly of the Indian sub-continent, she has taught for more than thirty years and has published extensively in the field of embroidery and craft textiles. Her own embroidery work has been exhibited in various museums and galleries and in touring shows on four continents.