I recently visited Kashmir where our crewel embroidered products are made. I followed our manufacturing process from beginning to end, starting with the stencilling process to interpret my designs right threw to our finished product. Each stage conducted entirely by hand with great skill and accuracy. Crewel embroidery, also sometimes referred to as chain stitch, was first brought to Kashmir by the Persians and has since become a signature craft of the area.
First our designs are transferred on to tracing paper, then the design is out lined in tiny pin prick sized holes to allow a pigment to pass through and create a stencilled pattern for the embroiderers to follow.
Then our specified colour palette is created at the dye house, hand dyeing hanks of wool yarn.
The yarns, patterns and fabrics are then distributed through out the communities that embroider and the work begins. Working by hand, and using a crewel hook, our artisans work together stitching the wool in intricate chain stitch, transforming the cotton or linen fabric into a swirling textured pattern.
Once the embroidered panels are finished and collected from the villages they are taken to a wash house, where they are washed by hand and dried in the warmth of the sun.