Sheeshadar (mirror work) of Gujarat - In India, mirror work has gained a lot of popularity because of the shiny and glamorous look it adds on to the garment. It is an intricate art of engraving mirrors on the fabric. Mirror work is extensively used in Ghaghra cholis and salwar kameez.
Phulkari - a classic style of Punjab that emphasizes on floral designs. It often uses cotton and silk threads and traditional phulkari design makes use of bright shades. Phulkari design finds place for itself on odhanies and dupattas. This embroidery is considered auspicious for brides and for the newly borns. For variations in patterns horizontal, vertical and diagonal stitches are done.
Chikan technique - Lucknow is very famous for its chikan embroidery. It is a technique of stitching using white cotton or silk thread on the fabric. It is an all time favorite style and can never be out of fashion. This art is generally applied on fine muslin and increasingly it is being done on georgette and Chiffons.
Zardozi embroidery - It is a classic form of embroidery, which includes sewing gold beads and chain stitching gold threads on the fabric. It exhibits beautiful patterns in gold and silver, with studded pearls and precious stones. It is often used for designing wall hangings
Zari - It is the most famous traditional art, which has been in trend since the times of Rig Vedas. It is a technique of metal wiring in which wire is coated with real gold and silver. It is usually done on velvet, satin and silk fabric. Extensive use of Zari embroidery is done in wedding trousseau.
Kathi style of Bhuj - it is an entirely distinguished style of embroidery, which focuses on floral patterns. Pictures of peacocks and flowers are dominant and fillings consist of buds and leaves in herringbone stitch. To highlight the flower center and eyes of birds and animals mirror work is used
Kantha - It is a highly intricate and creative style that depicts our very own nature with highlights of flowers, birds and animals. It is usually done on silk and tussar sarees but now on cotton textiles too. It is an extraordinary work, which makes use of simple running stitch.
Embroideries have been widely appreciated for the great masterpiece apparel. Among other varieties of embroidery we have patchwork, cut work, kundan, resham, gota patti work, mukesh work, stones work and aari work.