CRAFT TECHNIQUE: Kutch Embroidery (Paako)
PAAKO literally means solid or permanent. The name refers to a very tight chain-stitch based style that is practiced by various ethnic communities found mainly in Banni, a savanna between Kutch (north Gujarat, India) and the salt desert that stretches beyond. Motifs are primarily floral and are sketched on the fabric in mud using needles.
LAC is taken from insect resin and has been used in Indian crafts for centuries.
KALA RAKSHA is a grassroots social enterprise committed to documenting and promoting existing traditions of art and craft of Kutch region in north Gujarat, India. The trust maintains a collection of heirloom textiles that functions as a resource base for artisans to study and create exquisite contemporary work.
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