Jat Fakira Embroidery

There are two styles done by different Jat communities. Garasia Jat embroidery is predominantly cross stitch with heavy use of small mirrors. The outline is usually done in white before being filled in. Embroidery done by the Dhaneta/Fakirani Jat are tiny bars of tight, padded satin stitch with radiating circles of a couched stitch. Designs for Jat embroidery are geometric, not representational and must be done on loose weave fabrics. The design cannot be pre?drawn and the craftswoman must make decisions regarding the geometry of each piece before she begins Traditionally, all of the fabric given is covered and the base fabric cannot be seen at all. Consequently, this is the most labour intensive, and expensive form of embroidery.


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