Ardently belonging to the Pipli town of Odisha state, Appliqué has managed to gain recognition on the world craft map. Mistakenly compared to the patch work, Appliqué work is an art that calls for keeping a piece of patches on the basic fabric and sewed artistically to draw patterns. In fact, the patches kept on a fabric are decorated with designer and ethnic patterns by hand or machine with rough edges covered. What makes this designer pattern unique is the use of vibrant colors that looks really magnificent. Being a traditional style of crafting art with patches of vibrant colored cloth pieces, Appliqué style is appreciated globally for its distinctiveness.
This ornamental design, generally, adorns the pattern of animals, birds, geometric pattern, objects and human figures. In fact, the best thing about this art is the way stitches are joined together to make an artistic pattern. With so many distinctive designs carved on a soft cloth piece, mirrors and other decorative material is added to enhance the overall appeal of the appliqué design. Though, many colors can be used in creating a master appliqué pattern; still, black, red, green, blue and ochre are used on mostly. Indeed, matching with the changing fashion trends, using metallic shades is also becoming prominent that makes the design a perfect blend of traditional patterns in modern colors.
Art Inspired by Deity
Since appliqué design belong to Pipli town that falls near to Puri, the patterns stitched are based on the life of Lord Jagannath (the presiding deity of Puri). One can see appliqué style in its full pomp at the Ratha Yatra held at Jagannath Puri Temple, where vibrant colored cloth decorated with artful appliqué design is used to bedeck chariots. This handicraft is also seen as the horse cover that is worn by dancers to indulge in “horse dance”. However, people that have fallen in love with the traditional handicraft and can buy the appliqué pattern available in the form of Chanduas (big umbrella), bed sheets, purses and even embroidered quilts. This is a must buy art piece on visit to India. Also, there are many online stores that sell authentic appliqué art work, which can be purchased to adorn your home.
The stitching process of appliqué design is categorized into six types like taropa, bakhia, chikana, ganthi, ruching and button-hole style. As a part of this design, the plain cloth pieces are cut as patches and placed on the base fabric to be stitched in style. The designer patches are crafted separately with artistic joining of threadwork on the edges as well as the center to develop a design.
In terms of presenting a richly crafted handicrafts on the global front; appliqué art makers are meant to add a touch of contemporary fashion by including sequin or even beads to decorate the appliqué art work shine like a star. The designs being rooted deeply in natural aspects, this art work is getting more and more famous on the global front. It has also created a niche in the market and is used as a decorative technique for cloth pieces, banners and even displays art pieces.