Embroidered shisha work is a technique of working which attaches small items of mirror glass or reflective metal onto fabric. The phrase shisha comes from ancient Persian for glass and the technique originally began at the Moghul court and has become most associated with aspects of India, where in actuality the popularity of this sort of embroidery occurred during the time of the development of glass making there. As elsewhere on earth, glass was originally a costly commodity associated with wealth. e-zigarette Decoration with glass mirror fragments was not only utilized on textiles but also on buildings, embedded in plaster, to create elaborate patterns and sumptuous designs.
When utilized on textiles for clothing and for religious or decorative hangings, shisha mirrors are traditionally used in repeating patterns. The inclusion of this sort of embroidery adds sparkle and depth to fabric textures and when used traditionally are regarded as auspicious in that they will give protection from the evil eye.
No glue is active in the application of the shisha mirrors; a network or grid of holding stitches is the foundation on that the shisha stitches (a type of herringbone stitch) are worked. All the work is performed by hand. A variety of stitches may then be used to enlarge the design around the mirror and beads and sequins could be incorporated.
Shisha mirror decoration offers great potential to hand-embroiderers to improvise with pattern. They combine well with the richness of colour and texture of silk fabrics and can also be used to embellish patterned fabrics. They may be used in a repeating design as these were originally or may be used alone to add accent to decoration. They lend themselves beautifully to decoration on accessories such as bags, purses and even fabric jewellery, such as brooches, hair accessories or cuffs. Accessories with hand-embroidered shisha mirrors are unique and individual because they are hand stitched and one-of-a-kind items. Anyone using or wearing these unique items will be able to reflect their very own personal style by having an item that’s had time, skill and flair taken in its design and making.