Recently, we made pure silk clutch purses. The whole journey of creating these beautiful pieces has been quite a fantastic one. We had fun while adding this line to our catalogue, we invented new techniques to work easily with certain kind of embroidery stitches, fabrics and supplies. Here is a detailed post about how we did it.
Selecting the fabric: The whole thing started with selecting the fabric. You must be aware about our Chindi Initiative when we created cotton cushion covers and bags with waste pieces of fabrics which were basically the leftovers from the previous creations for our clients.
We work with organic cotton and silk fabrics on daily basis. Some of our projects require cutting in certain ways which leaves lots of big enough pieces of silks left after a dress or an accessory is ready. We decided to separate the the bigger pieces which were straight and at least a measured a fat quarter in size.
When the pieces were separated, we ironed them and made them ready for embroidery. Our embroiderer Azeez and Hafiz are two talented artists who are able to make patterns without a motif. And that's exactly what we wanted. We wanted each piece to be OOAK (One Of A Kind).
Working with silk threads, Jari and Dabka wire wasn't easy but our skilled artisans worked on one piece at at time to create this collection.
While doing the hand embroidery, we generously used Pitta Work technique to create these unique pieces.
So we started the work by stitching all the pieces together so that they fit on our 6 feet embroidery frame. It made our work easy because framing a small fat quarter would have been quite time taking and not so useful.
We marked the area on all pieces where ever we wanted the embroidery to appear. Stitching margins were taken care of. We also took many rounds of local wholesale markets to find right kind of glue and hard backing, lining etc.
From selecting the fabrics, procuring the supplies from different local markets, experimenting with supplies to find out the right fit, it's been very fulfilling and rewarding in every sense.
Here is a video of our moroccan pattern clutch purses being ready with Aari embroidery before stitching.
The Process: The process of making these purses is very time taking and requires utmost concentration and creativity. Good quality pure silk fabric is hand embroidered in Aari embroidery motifs, then they are cut into pieces of different measurements. Once cut, different parts are stitched and glued and then they are kept for drying for a couple of days. Once dried completely, parts are assembled together by stitching one piece at a time. So, you get each piece different, unique and handmade.
The purse looks very elegant and well suited for any occasion. Each of DesiCrafts purses are unique and One-Of-A-Kind. They are handmade with utmost care at our workshop in Chennai. Use with a sari or an evening dress, they go well with everything.
You can order custom made silk and cotton purses, pouches, bags and clutches from us. If you are planning a wedding event or a special get together such as baby shower, engagement party, graduation day party or a corporate event where you need to promote your brand through beautiful handmade items, please feel free to contact us to initiate a conversation about the same.
You can buy DesiCrafts handmade silk clutch purses and other types of bags and purses here: