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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Embroidered Motifs

A motif is a design which is used as a decoration or as part of an artistic pattern. The motifs above are embroidered using variety of stitches like satin stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, button hole stitch, filling stitch, running stitch etc.
The designs used for embroidery are inspired from Arabic Mehandi (Heena) designs. The Arabic designs are characterized by floral motifs with inclusion of birds like peacock but there are no human faces or bodies as evident in Indian mehandi designs. Another feature of distinction among the two designs is the placement of motifs.The Arabic designs are spaced apart, while Indian designs are placed as close as possible almost covering the complete hand or feet, the common body parts for mehandi application. Colour also is significantly different as Indian Mehandi is red to dark brown or even blackish brown in colour (made by mixing ground mehandi leaves, tea leaves, gooseberries or amla, clove or laung etc.), whereas the arabic mehandi is commonly done in black colour (obtained by mixing hair dye or synthetic dye in henna powder) with brown filling.
The pictures below show some common Arabic and Indian designs
The two pictures show Arabic Designs

These two pictures are of Indian Designs

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