ARI, Heena Kocchar


On our journey to help our customers cultivate an understanding about the different needleworks done on Heena Kochhar outfits, the next stop is Ari Embroidery.

Born amongst the 12th century Mughals, Aari is popular for its delicate and intricate thread work. What’s more appealing to the eye are the embellishments (sequins, beads, and pearls), attached to the finished motif, to produce a royal richness.

The intrinsic step in Aari Embroidery is stitching the base fabric with a thick thread to a wooden frame, so it is taut and wrinkle free for the artisans to work on. Aari is also titled Khatla work. The wooden frame used is built on the principles of a khatia or a cot.

But the main tool, of course, is the Aari or the pen-like needle. It features a hook-like shape on top (much like a crochet)  and is used to create loops on the fabric, which in turn yield chain stitches, soon coming together as beautiful patterns. This type of needle work originates from the Mochi Community, wherein it is used to create patterns on leather footwear. 

After the primary motif is ready, it is beaten down or flattened over an anvil with a wooden mallet, to give it a concise but fuller look. Because of its Mughal roots, Aari patterns are more oftenly derived from nature (trees, birds, vines, leaves, flowers and animals).


Aari Embroidered outfits at Heena Kochhar are appropriate for all seasons, bridal functions, and our cherished Indian festivals that greet us every month. 


Sanah Kochhar

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