Danka embroidery is a centuries-old metal embroidery from Rajasthan. The term Danka is used to refer to small pieces of metal (originally gold or silver). The fabric is stretched on a wooden frame and the danka pieces are stitched on it as per the design with strands of gold and silver strands. Around eight stitches are made to secure the danka pieces in a knot.
In Gota Patti, the designs are first printed on the fabric by placing a tracing sheet on the cloth with patterns punched on it. Cloth stripes of cotton and metal, known as Gota, are woven separately and cut into small shapes. These are then stitched on the clothes to form the required designs.
Also known as Banni, in this style of embroidery the designs are filled with threadwork. It is done with a buttonhole or double satin stitch technique using cotton or woolen threads. Small pieces of mirrors of different sizes are used with this embroidery.
Practised in the Kutch region of Gujarat, this style of embroidery makes use of triangle designs. The motifs are not drawn, rather carefully counted on fabric by the artisan and worked in reverse. At times, mirror work or shisha is also combined with the designs, giving the fabric a rich look.
It is a very old thread embroidery which is done on square rumal or a handkerchief. It is a gift item given especially during marriages. The motifs on it get the inspiration from flora and fauna of the Himalayan region and Pahari paintings of Lord Krishna.