Tharparkar Regional Arts
Some embroidery styles are ethnic, expressing distinct identities of relatively isolated peoples. Others are regional, shared by several peoples living symbiotically in a region. Kala Raksha's collections include a comprehensive range of objects embroidered in the regional styles of suf, kharek and pako, practiced by peoples living in sub-regions of the greater Thar Parkar region spanning Sindh, Rajasthan and Kutch.
In suf and khaarek styles, patterns are often common. For example, triangular patterns are used in objects with a rectangular shape, while squaring shapes are used to fit square areas. Both styles are counted, so motifs are geometric, and symmetrically arranged. Suf style is based on the triangle called "suf." Artisans work patterns in a surface satin stitch from the back.
Khaarek embroidery, characterized by short raised bands of satin stitching, typically completely covers the background cloth, evoking the thick bunches of fresh dates growing on palms from which its name is derived.
Pako, literally solid, is a tight square chain and double buttonhole stitch embroidery, often with black slanted satin stitch outlining. Paako artisans create gardens of stylized flowers. The motifs of paako, first sketched in mud with needles, are generally arranged in symmetrical patterns.