Applique Tradition in Bihar: An Introduction

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Applique work. Credit: www.AppliqueMarket.com
Applique work. Credit: www.AppliqueMarket.com
Khatwa is the name given to appliqué works in Bihar. It is about designing by cutting off one fabric and stitching the pieces to another fabric.

Khatwa is the name given to appliqué works in Bihar. It is about designing by cutting off one fabric and stitching the pieces to another fabric. Khatwa is mainly used to create designer tents, canopies, shamianas and much more. Making of such tents involves work by both men and women.

While cutting clothes is done by men, women use their expertise in the stitching part. Khatwa is also used in designing women garments as well. This is where the real talent of Bihar people is seen in the work. The designs created are more sharp, intricate and highly appealing. Most of the garments shop sell these highly artistic clothes.

People in some villages of Bihar are involved only in artworks and it is their main source of income. Since the same skills are passed down to generations, expertise and innovations are immaculate. So when you are visiting Bihar, don’t forget to buy yourself some really great paintings and some exquisite clothes.

Source: UMSAS, Patna

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