Shisha embroidery , is a very old and traditional technique done in the western regions of India. While the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan excell in beautiful embroideries using small mirrors and beads , the Lambadi ( gypsys of Andhra ) too use a lot of mirrors in their traditional attire . And these Lambadis carefully trim small pieces of mica by hand to produce different shaped shisha or mirrors . It is said that these mirrors were attached to dresses not only to add beauty to the garment but also to ward off evil eye .
Here`s a sampler that I had made a few years ago using stitches like herringbone , cretan , fly . french knots , lazy daisy etc Though it has discolored over the years , I still think that these motifs are pretty even now. I have done a lot of shisha embroidery since then but this
sampler is my favorite .
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