Rajasthan and Gujarat have always been famous for their beautiful, intricate embroidery. The copious use of little round mirrors interspersed with bright motifs in herringbone make this style truly unique.
Another form of embroidery, the humble running stitch, has made quite a spectacular comeback. Till recently, it was used to create quilts from old sarees. Women of a household would get together in what was as much a social activity as a creative one. This tradition has pretty much disappeared in urban India, but the popularity of the running stitch is very much alive, apparent by the popularity of bed covers, cushion covers, even garments and fashion accessories accentuated with the simple running stitch. India is truly blessed with spectacular art forms. Bravo to the designers who use traditional art forms to complement our current lifestyles.