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Embroidery - Rabari

Rabari embroidery covers a wide range of garments, bags, household decorations and animal trappings. It signifies and highlights important events, rites and values in life. Rabari embroidery on children's clothing reflects the primacy of children. The mirrors, which are embellished are said to protect children from evil spirits inhabiting their world.

Rabari embroidery is a pictographic representation and symbolic of mythology, beliefs, culture and life. In this art form glass mirrors are used in various shapes. They can be round, rhomboid, rectangular, square, triangular, and beak shaped. Rabari embroidery is a language of expression. The specific motifs each have a name and meaning. The unique aspect of this art form is that the embroidery style changes with the imagination and spontaneity of the artist.

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