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Applique is a strategy by which bits of material are connected to another bigger part of the material, frequently in a beautiful pattern. Applique gets its underlying foundations from French culture and it signifies ‘something applied’ or a thing that has been applied.


Appliqué was found first when garments were torn and required fixing to look conventional and wearable. The experts used to sew over the head of the tore region utilizing patches of various materials whatever came helpful, later known as interwoven. Appliquéd fabric has seen significant craftsmanship and speciality structure in Benin, West Africa; particularly in the zone around Abomey, where it has been a fundamental custom since the mid-eighteenth century and in and around the realm of Danhomè.

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How is it done?

Appliqué is art, a process of cutting colored cloth into shapes of animals, birds, flowers, leaves, gods, goddesses and other decorative motifs and stitching them on a piece of cloth. When it comes to sewing, a needlework technique is used in which, various pieces of embroidery, fabric, or other materials are sewn onto another piece of fabric to create different designs, abstract patterns, or pictures.

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Where all Applique can be found in India?

Appliqué is done in a wide range of topographical locales of India with every zone having its own specific style. The fundamental communities where the specialties are rehearsed are:

  • Rajasthan: Barmer, Jodhpur, Ranthambore and Jaisalmer
  • Gujarat: Kutch
  • Bihar
  • Orissa: Pipli
  • Karnataka
  • Himachal Pradesh: Kangra and Chamba

Every one of these districts utilize their unmistakable styles and shading palettes to make beautiful structures. The old examples can be found in historical centers. There are a couple of pieces that are as yet staying with the craftsmen.

Difference between Appliqué and Patchwork

Patchwork and appliqué are extremely antiquated procedures and here and there alluded to as one. The main distinction between them is that patchwork or piecework is the procedure of seaming little bits of texture into a bigger entire, while appliqué is the procedure of sewing tinier bits of texture onto a bigger foundation texture. It is a method of framing a solitary example with various bits of fabric. Hence, bits of the texture are applied to the head of another for enhancing or ornamentation of it.

 Different types of things made using this technique

In the present time, with the gigantic progression in innovation, current weaving machines, this fine art is delivered on items like tapestries, dresses, blankets, decorative spreads, cushion covers, support covers. Along these lines, the craft work has got very mainstream in the urban market.

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Written by Ankita Waykar

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