Are you a big fan of shimmers and sparkles? If yes, then you should check out our Mirror Work Lehenga Choli selection. The reflective pieces and small mirror incorporated in the fabric make it look like the outfit is adorned with real jewels.
What is Mirror Work Embroidery?
Mirror Work embroidery is also known as abhia bharat or shishes. It's a type of embroidery where small pieces of reflective or mirror are attached to the fabric. This gives the Lehenga Choli dazzling shimmers in pictures and in person.
The Mirror Work embroidery’s origin can be traced back to 17th century India. It was an innovation from people who belong to the lower classes who wanted to mimic how the rich jeweled their garments. The process of mirror disc manufacturing was established during the Mughal Empire. After that, it quickly became a widely accepted method of embellishing fabrics.
There are several regional variations of the mirror work embroidery, which include:
Mirror work is used in both men’s and women’s garments in Afghanistan. It is commonly attached to cotton threads, silk, or leather fabrics. Aside from garments, it is also used for prayer mats or wraps of the Quran. You will commonly find high-quality mirror work pieces around the Kandahar region.
Central Indian Nomads
It is highly believed that central India tribal nomads were the pioneers of mirror work and attaching shells and beads to fabric using stitches. In this variation, the mirror work embroidery usually covers the entire fabric, and there is little to no decorative embroidery in between them.
The mirror work embroidery in Sindh is one of the most intricate regional styles as it incorporates influences of Muslim and Hindu neighboring states. In this regional variation, block-printed or resist-dyed fabrics are used.
The mirrors or reflective pieces are attached, surrounded by ladder, filling, or cross stitches. Some of the popular themes in this variation include flowers, geometric patterns, and peacocks.
This regional variation often features themes of battles, heroes, kinds, and tragic love stories. It is commonly used not only in garments but also in wall hangings. Embroiderers around Kathiawar and Kuch are famous for their high-quality mirror work.
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