||As their mothers teach
mostly the daughters of family the art of housekeeping, which
includes basics stitchery and embroidery, I was also introduced
to embroidery when I was seven years old. I loved nature and
got fascinated and spellbound seen the different colors and
shapes around me.
I would get lost amidst this splendor and found reflection
of nature, in the beautiful forms of embroidery motifs and
since then this art has become a passion with me and I found
embroidery as an expression of nature on my embroidery hoop.
I did a diploma course in home Science that included embroidery
and stitching. We had Persian teacher, who was perfectionist
and some times we had to rip open or work ten times, till
she was satisfied. I loved embroidery, but stitching was not
my cup of tea so embroidery took a centre stage in the list
I loved traveling and had opportunity
to visit different institutes involved in revival of this
art and had a chance to see some of finest antique pieces
of ethnic embroidery. Some of the wonderful and kind native
women and the main artisans of Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh imparted
their precious art to me. It was lot of learning not only
in the field of embroidery but about the values of life and
different people. It was an experience beyond words to see
the simplicity and devotion these humble people have.
Ethnic embroiderers around the world are being revived, so
is the ethnic embroidery and is used by best of the designers
to adorn articles that are the part of our daily life. The
ethnic styles are transformed in contemporary shapes and forms.
I have been learning and trying to design ethnic outfits for
two decades. I am very grateful to all those people who inspired
me for the work I have been doing.