The art of chamba rumal involved from the embroidery which was popular in the formal hill station of kangra, basodhi chamba and other states in the region and its interaction with the pahari miniature paintings which flowreds in these hills in the 18th and 19th century. Though practice through this region the art came to be known as chamba rumal due to active and continued patronage of the rulers of the chamba hill in the 17 th century.
The embroidery were called rumals since they were generally done in a square formet. They were used to cover offerings to dyetes present for the royal court, gifts or weddings and other ospacious occasions. The earliest rumal were in the folk style and they were easily done by women on their own without any guidance. Later upper class women took up this art with the help of trained miniature actist who sketch the drawing on the cloth with charcoal and also guided the colors schemes. The rumal thus made in very stylised.
The fabric used for rumal were hand woven, unbleached thus khadi utilized pene silk thread duel in natural colors was used for the embroidery the technique consisted of double satin stitch known as do rukha. After feeling in the figure flora and dauna, outlines were worked in with black silk using the simple stemp stitch.
With the loss of patronge because of the declined of courts, along with this art have one florished chamba rumal, one distinguished by their grace and charm were reduced to mere embroidery and calender art. Delhi crafts council took up the project of chamba rumals with the intention of creating an awareness amongst the crafts persons in chamba as well as the general public that it was possible for this art to continue under charged condition and circumstances.
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