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Embroidery

The women of the Kharapat Rabari community, a pastoral group, in the village of Dasada do exquisite embroidery using herringbone stitches interspersed with small mirrors, and occasional chain stitches for peacocks and other motifs. At their houses, you can see fine embroidery on dowry sacks, a set of eight wall decorations including toran, chakla, and pardo, horn coverings for their cattle and covers for their bullocks, chaniya-choli-odhni A set of skirt-blouse-and-veil), and heirloom pieces. They sometimes have pieces of embroidery and cushion covers for sale.

The Bharvad women of Ambala village near Dasada now work largely on embroidery machines. Attractive pieces can be bought when visiting this village.

Weaving

A variety of weaves can be seen in villages around Dasada. One of the unique weaves of this region is the Tangalio. Weavers are adept at adding extra knots on the weft which create motifs and figures in a dotted pattern on the woven fabric. Using this technique, artisans weave shawls, stoles and garments.

Another interesting weaving method of the region is Ikat, which involves the continual resist drying of the warp threads before drawing them on the loom.

While ikat weaving uses a neutral weft, the double ikat is a form of weaving that requires exceptional skill and precision. At Patan, about 80km from Dasada, weavers of the Salvi community make double ikat sarees called Patola. Because of the intricate nature of double ikat weaving and the richness of the fabric produced, Patolas have much commercial, collectible and historic value.

Beadwork

The Mirs of Dasada do beadwork to create braids, tassels, and necklaces. Mir women have begun to make beaded bangles commercially.

 
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