From Gujarati Zari To Rajasthani Rebari & Beyond: Mapping India's Embroidery Traditions

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Embroidery is a long-standing tradition in India, with roots that date back centuries. Each region of India has its own unique embroidery style, which tells the story of the community and its culture.

One of the oldest forms of Indian embroidery is Kantha stitch, which originated in the state of Bengal. Kantha stitch is a simple running stitch that is used to create beautiful geometric designs.

Another notable embroidery style is crewelwork, which is popular in the states of Rajasthan and Gujarat. Crewelwork is a form of embroidery that uses wool thread and a variety of stitches to create intricate designs.

Indian embroidery is known for its use of vibrant colours and beautiful patterns. At MeMeraki, we have vowed to bring this hidden beauty into the limelight so it doesn't fall into obscurity. If you're interested in learning more about this fascinating art form, be sure to check out some of our amazing workshops on traditional embroideries from India!

A work in progress map of Indian embroidery traditions — from Gujarati Zari To Rajasthani Rebari  & Beyond
Embroidery Map Of IndiaMeMeraki

Here's a list of traditional forms of Indian embroidery:


Zari Craft

Dhadki Embroidery

Amreli Embroidery

Ahir Embroidery

Soof Embroidery

Pakko Embroidery

Jat Embroidery

Gotauvn or Gotany Embroidery

Rabari Embroidery

Neran Embroidery

Kambira embroidery

Khudi Tebha Embroidery

Kharek embroidery

Aari embroidery

Aashavali embroidery (brocade weaving of Gujarat)

Applique and patch work

Crewl embroidered leather

Mukka embroidery

Parsi embroidery

Kathiawar embroidery

Mochi embroidery

Chinai embroidery

Banni or Heer bharat


Rebari embroidery

Shisha work

Gota Patti or Gota Work

Meghwal Embroidery/Kashidakari

Dabka/Dubka Work/ Coiled Metal Embroidery

Ralli Embroidery

Camel Decoration Embroidery

Appliques of Barmer

Tilonia Applique


Jammu and Kashmir

Sozni embroidery

Crewl embroidery

Gabba Embroidery

Tila/Dori/Metallic Embroidery

Ari work embroidery

Rekzar embroidery

Kashida embroidery

Papier mache embroidery

Amli embroidery

Namda (felting)

Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow Zardozi

Phool Patti ka Kaam (Patti work, Patti ka kaam, Floral and leaf motifs)

Lucknow Chikan Craft

Mukaish work

Jangla (Sikargah) embroidery

Aughi Embroidery

Naqsha brocade weaving


Akoybi embroidery

Shamilami Embroidery

Hijay embroidery

Tindogbi Embroidery

Maibung Embroidery

Manipuri embroidery


Kasuti embroidery

Sandur lambani embroidery

Banjara embroidery

Lambani/ Banjara embroidery


Leh Ladhakh

Namda (felting)

Ladhakh embroidery




Arunachal Pradesh

Banjara embroidery

Bead embroidery

Pachis work


Phulkari is practised in Haryana too!


Embroidery of the Angami Naga shawls of Nagaland (Main stitches- Taipchi, Pechni, Pashni, Bakhia, Khatao, khatava or katava is cutwork or appliqué , Gitti, Jangira, Murri, Phanda, Jaalis)



Jute Macrame


Ari and Net embroidery


Banjara tribal embroidery and mirror work

Himru (brocade)

Tamil Nadu

Toda embroidery

Himachal Pradesh

Chamba Rumal

Applique Thangkas


Embroidery with ornamentation with tikris and beads.



Syrian embroidery was also practised in Kerala

Dadra and Nagar Haveli

Daman and Diu

Crochet and Lace work

cross stitch work


Mundu (tradtional attire) is embroidered


Khneng Embroidery


Puanchei (a traditional woven dress) was also traditonally embroidered




Menchhyo dress (woven) by the Lepcha community is traditionally embroidered also



Andhra Pradesh

Kamal kadai


Banjara tribal embroidery and mirror work


Dongria Kondh



Sujani Embroidery. [Check out Sujani Stoles]

Khatwa applique


Marabhai embroidery

Madhya Pradesh

Banjara embroidery


Nakshi Kantha






Each Indian embroidery type has a unique story and history. By understanding the meanings and symbols behind these stitches, you can appreciate the artistry and skill that goes into creating each piece.

We hope this list helped you to understand the beauty and diversity of Indian embroidery traditions and the stories they tell.

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