Hand beaded sewing trim is one of the most glorious artisan crafted products from India. And it’s practically unknown outside that country. It’s typically made with a combination of sequins, beads, metallic bullion, faux gems, and tambour embroidery.
Caption: Double layers of sequins create 3-dimensional flowers. Turquoise, gold, and dark red bullion, along with a scattering of gold beads make the scrolls and leaves.
Bullion, which comes in a variety of styles and colors, adds a wonderful texture to these trims. It starts out as a long coil of wire, which the craftsmen cut into short pieces and stitch onto the trim like beads.
Caption: Uncut bullion
Caption: A bullion-embroidered button, surrounded by cut pieces of gold bullion.
India’s professional embroiderers are both men and women. Embroidery is a skill that has often been practiced by their families for generations.
Men usually work with others in embroidery studios, their work set up on large wooden frames.
Photo Caption: The following three photos are from an embroidery studio in New Delhi.
Caption: Detail of a bullion-embroidered appliqué
Caption: A colorful trim with sequins, bullion, and beads
Caption: An elegant trim with bullion and rhinestones on black velvet
Heritage Trading Product Links:
Blue Beaded Trim, sold out
Gold Bullion Rough Purl, $11.99 for 90 inches
Bullion Embroidered Applique, sold out
Pink Beaded Trim, $27.99 for 88 inches
Bullion and Rhinestone Trim, $34.99 for 1 yard