Peppier Mache Embroidery

Example of peppier mache embroidery from Kashmir. Example of peppier mache embroidery from Kashmir.

Peppier mache embroidery is a style of work carried out in the Jammu and Kashmir region of the northwestern Indian subcontinent. It consists of a design of flowers and leaves that are worked in satin stitch. The design is worked in bright colours and outlined in a black thread.

This type of embroidery is used for the broad panels on shawls, as well as in more expensive forms for the complete shawl or stole. The Indian term peppier mache derives from the French term papier-mâché, which means 'chewed paper.' It is a composite material made of strips or pieces of paper that have been glued together in some manner. It was used to make trays, candle sticks, ornaments, and so forth. This technique was very popular in the nineteenth century and often included prints of flowers, people, and so forth.

See also the TRC Needles entry on Kashmir embroidery.

Source: KALE, Smita (2011). Kashmir to Kanyakumari Indian Embroidery: State by State Embroidery of India, Bloomington: Author House, p. 19.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 9th July 2016).


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