Some more beauty and inspiration from Himachal- Chamba Rumal March 08 2015

One of the most sublime and ethereal crafts that I've come across is Chamba rumal from Himachal.

The Chamba rumal embroidery flourished in the princely hill states of Chamba and other neighbouring provinces. The rumals- usually square pieces of cloth- were beautifully and painstakingly embroidered, using the unique 'do-rookha' (double satin stitch) style of embroidery, the beauty of which lay in it being reversible- equally perfect on both sides. Usually the drawing on the rumals was done by accomplished miniature painters while the embroidery was done by women.

The cloth used was usually unbleached muslin- which along with the delicate application of vibrant silk threads lend Chamba rumals their ethereal look. Traditionally the rumals were exchanged between the families of the bride and groom and were used to cover gifts and also offering to deities.

Aren't they just beautiful?!

 

   

Originally posted on our Facebook page on 8th March'15.