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HOW’S THIS? Visitors looking at a sari displayed at the embroidery exhibition in Thanjavur on Friday. —.
HOW’S THIS? Visitors looking at a sari displayed at the embroidery exhibition in Thanjavur on Friday. —.

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It took two months to complete certain works

THANJAVUR: Traditional arts like embroidery, rangoli are nurtured by Indian women. They come as a family tradition and the teachers are mostly grandmothers, mothers etc. While it becomes a pastime for some, for many, it is an opportunity to exhibit their artistic talents.

Mrs. Siva Sundari, grand daughter of Thamizhavel Umamaheswaranar of Thanjavur, is one such person. Taking cue from her grandmother and sister, she embarked upon the art and has produced a number of artistic works which were on display at Sri Besant Lodge here on Friday. The exhibition attracted a lot of viewers, particularly women.

The dextrously knit art works have been framed and laminated for viewing at the exhibition. Raja Ravi Varma paintings formed the basis for most of the embroidery work of Siva Sundari. Others included Lord Krishna in various forms, playing with Gopikas, vennai thazhi, and the Lord swinging with Rukmini. Natural sceneries, birds like woodpecker, and queen being carried in a palanquin are the other works displayed. Clothes, ornaments, elephants and horses were brought out in various shades and colours using the thread and minute works.

Mrs. Siva Sundari has employed various methods of embroidery. They include long and short stitching which is used to fill a big space and give shading, French knot, chikan work, Lazy daizy stitch, stem stitch, chain stitch, cross stitch and patch work.

“It took two months to complete certain works. All are hand made embroidery with needles ”, she said.

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