CRAFT TECHNIQUE: Kutch Embroidery (Paako) + Indigo
PAAKO literally meaning "solid", is a tight square chain and double buttonhole stitch embroidery, often with black slanted satin stitch outlining. The motifs of Paako, sketched in mud with needles, are primarily floral and generally arranged in symmetrical patterns.
INDIGO is a highly revered dye among the craftsmen. They believe that a cow that drinks the solution becomes stronger and that if they eat with Indigo-stained hands, there won’t be any problems with the food or digestion. They say that Indigo has the power to turn anything natural. Using Indigo dyed fabric is thereby considered auspicious.
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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