Ari Vintage Pillow Covers

18" x 18"       Pillow insert not included.

It is backed in satin  the same burdgandy color as the front with a zipper.

Ari embroidery, also known as ari work, is a type of decorative needlework which produces a chain stitch.

This embroidery technique began in India. It was adopted by Europeans by the eighteeneth century, where it is known as tambour work, tambour embroidery, and Luneville embroidery.

Ari embroidery can be done on woven and un-woven materials, including paper and leather. The material which is the base for embellishment can be stretched over a frame or held in the hands.

The Victoria and Albert Museum's short video  at the beginning of the previous page shows craftsmen at work on an ari embroidery piece at the Sankalan Embroidery Design and Production House in Jaipur, India.

We see the embroidery design first taking shape as a drawing made on tracing paper, and then making its way to fabric stretched tightly on a frame via a paper and plastic stencil that’s been pricked with holes all along the drawn lines.

A liquid Chalk solution is applied to the pin-pricked plastic, and rubbed  through the tiny holes, making an outline of the drawing onto the fabric.

Pieces like this using vintage beadwork will have areas in disrepair from use over time.

Hand Made  in Gujarat, India


Ari Vintage Pillow Covers