Phul-Patti Kaam / Applique Embroidery of Uttar Pradesh

In appliqué work, shaped pieces of clothes are cut from waste and sewn onto fine muslin. The patchwork is economical because it eliminates the need to embroider. Earlier the appliqué was used for shamianas or tents and canopies. The appliqué was made with waste cloth. Aligarh was a well known centre for producing the tents. The canopies are produced even now for religious purposes. Lately the appliqué work has been used for decorating the dress material also. In patti ka kaam , the fabric is cut into motifs and hammed to the base fabric. The stems are attached to the fabric by stem stitch. Women do the appliqué work from their home and Rampur is a big cluster where appliqué is done. The other production clusters are Aligarh and Lucknow.

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