Friday, 29 August 2014

What the nuns taught us

The hand-embroidered designs and stitching patterns on Tara baby-wear can all be traced back to the English missionaries and their teachings. These add a certain old-world charm to Tara clothing and what prompts people to be on a lookout for our garments even in this technology-driven era.


But it's not just in patterns that we stay loyal to the nuns' teachings, even when it comes to transferring a design from paper to fabric we lean back on to what was taught in the last century.

In this traditional method, neelam (blue colour) is tied in a cloth to form a small pouch. Next, melt the wax and put it in a container, so that it hardens.

Then dip the pouch in kerosene and rub it over the wax. Design is drawn on a tracing/butter paper, which is then pricked with a pin and holes are made outlining the design.

Keep the fabric underneath the tracing paper and rub the pouch over the design. The ink would be transferred on to the fabric, copying the outline. Once the embroidery is done, the blue ink is washed off.
Stitching over the blue outline

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