Category Archives: Aari/Maggam Work

Embroidery in India includes dozens of embroidery styles that vary by region and clothing styles. Embroidery designs of India are influenced by different cultures and have a flavor of their own. Indian embroidery is cherished by craftsmen and has the world swooning over them.

Aari work is one of the Indian Embroidery Styles which involves a hook, plied from the top but fed by silk thread from below with the material spread out on a frame. This movement creates loops, and repeats of these lead to a line of chain stitches.The fabric is stretched on a frame and stitching is done with a long needle ending with a hook such as a crewel, tambour (a needle similar to a very fine crochet hook but with a sharp point). The other hand feeds the thread from the underside, and the hook brings it up, making a chain stitch, but it is much quicker than chain stitch done in the usual way. It looks like machine-made and can also be embellished with sequins and beads .They are kept on the right side, and the needle goes inside their holes before plunging below, thus securing them to the fabric.

Aari work is considered appropriate for all seasons as it can be done on velvet, pure silk, cotton, cotton silk, raw silk, chanderi, and many other fabrics.

Aari work – also known as Maggam Work in South India. It is very commonly seen in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and any more places in South India. Aari Work was limited to only sarees in the past but now it has no limits. We get to see Aari work on blouses, lehengas, cholis, crop tops, kurtis, bangles, hair bands, earrings, hair clips, saree tassels etc.

Aari Embroidery Supplies include – Sugar beads or seed beads, bugle beads, sequins, zardosi, mirrors, diamond cut kundans, smooth finish kundans, stone kundans, stone chain, pearl chain, glass mirros, plastic mirrors, pearls, poth, jharkan, crochet hook no.14 and 23, silk thread, zari, fabric glue etc.