Aari Embroidery Scarves

Aari Embroidery Scarves involves a hook, plied from the top but fed by silk/cotton thread from below with the material spread out on a frame. This movement creates loops, and repeats of these lead to a line of chain stitches. The Cashmere is stretched usually on a frame but the artisans in Kashmir does it differently. While sitting they keep the fabric over the knees and craft this unique type embroidery and stitching is done with a long needle ending with a hook such as a crewel, tambour (a needle similar to a very fine crochet hook but with a sharp point) or Luneville work. The other hand feeds the thread from the underside, and the hook brings it up, making a chainstitch, but it is much slower than chainstitch done in the usual way: looks like machine-made and can also be embellished with Silk and Zari – which are kept on the right side, and the needle goes inside their holes before plunging below, thus securing them to the Aari Embroidery Scarves.

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