Kashida, Chikan, Zardozi of Bangladesh

Kashida, Chikan, Zardozi of Bangladesh

Bangladesh is well known for its differing styles of embroidery. Dhaka, in particular, was renowned for its kashida work, made with muga silk thread, chikan embroidery on muslin, and zardozi, a combination of silk and gold embroidery.

An embroidered textile has a matchless splendour of its own. It merges the striking quality of jewellery with the vibrant elegance of many-coloured stitches. Although the earliest surviving embroideries date from the sixteenth century, the proficient practice of this art probably dates back several centuries, as is proven by the discovery of copper needles and figurines draped in embroidered garments at Mohenjo Daro. Unlike many other crafts it is essentially a feminine production, requiring skill and sensibility rather than physical strength. Inspiration for this art is drawn from the myriad sources of nature, history, legends and religious beliefs, which give it limitless flexibility and freedom of interpretation.

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