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Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills and sequins. The origin of embroidery are unknown, but early examples survive from ancient Egypt. Embroidery is considered as craft of the two hands. Chain stitch, buttonhole or blanket stitch, running stitch, satin stitch, cross stitch are techniques of hand embroidery today. Embroidery was a very important art in the medieval Islam world. Elaborately embroidered clothing religious objects and household items have been a mark of wealth and status. Embroidery hoop or frame is used to stretch the material and ensure even stitching tension that prevents pattern distortion. Artisan’s brisk moments of hands and the revealing of the design is an interesting event to watch. Varanasi is famous for its intricate embroidery designs.
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