Shisha embroidery originated in the 17th-century in India. Traditionally, shisheh or abhla bharat work was done using Mica but Beetle, Tin, Silver or Coins were not uncommon depending on the region. This was replaced by glass blown into large thin bubbles and broken into small pieces using special scissors. This form of embroidery work is now most common on the Indian subcontinent, especially in parts of Gujarat & Rajasthan. It lends a sparkling appearance to the brightly colored clothes worn in the region, and is very popular for use on clothing, hangings, tapestries, and domestic textiles.
In a 3-hour workshop you will learn the basic stitches for sewing on the mirrors and then have a chance to experiment with different embellishing stitches and techniques using a vast array of colourful embroidery cottons & beads. A word of warning - this activity can become addictive - i call it doodling with stitch, and it can go on forever once you start. Beautifully colourful and creative.
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