Embroidery is decorative needlework, traditionally practiced to embellish any material with well-defined patterns and designs. The beauty of the embroidery work lies in the artisan’s choice of designs, the colour combination of threads, and the appropriate stitching style with needles. The hand embroidering is made up of combinations of stitches, where each presents variations of the basic stitching namely straight, back, feather, knotted, buttonhole, couching stitches, etc., hence holding their own identity. Here while few stitches are used for outline work, others are largely applied for filling up a certain column of areas. The authentic art of hand embroidery is painstaking, as it takes hours of dedicated efforts, but with the technological advancements now, today garments are often set through machine embroidery giving many delicate stitches. The thread being an important feature of embroidery and decides the style of the final product, the market broadly serves numerous variations of threads and hence different types of it are preferred for different kinds of embroidery. Fabrics selected for embroidery usually possess smooth surface and tightly woven fibers, so that it can be ironed and stretched over a hoop for detailed thread works. This kind of craft has been passed to generations from local artisans and hence the people derived different forms of work at domestic platforms, and also the styles of embroidering vary from place to place and even village to village. Hence they enjoy different names at different locations. Embroidery works are often used to decorate clothing, accessories, utility products like handbags, wallets, laptop bags, footwear, etc. and household furnishing materials like table linens, tray clothes, towels, and bedding.
Tirumala Garments Training Center based in Gurmatakal, Karnataka is a skill development center approved by the Government of Karnataka. The center employs several staff from the locality. They are supervised and guided by senior artisans with more than 8 years of experience in the field. Various kinds of embroidery works are undertaken here, each incorporating different varieties of threads chosen upon the intended output.