Course Contents

Lesson 1 : Introduction of the Craftswoman (Kalakar ka Parichay)

17 Mins

Lesson 2 :Introduction of the Craft (Kala ka Parichay)

14 Mins

Lesson 3 : Introduction of Materials used in Kashidakari

12 Mins

Lesson 4: Learn basic Kashidakari stitches

47 Mins

Lesson 5 : Learn Basic Kashidakari motifs

50 Mins

Lesson 6 : Learn a complete a Kashidakari Pattern

50 Mins

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Lesson 1

Lesson 1: Introduction of the Craftswoman: Get ready to unfold the chapter of the most unseen and untold handicraft of two countries under the golden mud house of Mithrau, Rajasthan. In this lesson, we will take you to our master craftswoman and a living example of women's empowerment Samjhu Devi Ji’s journey where you will learn all about the traditional craft of Kashidakari Embroidery.

Lesson 2

Lesson 2: Introduction of the Craft: Immerse yourself in the world of Kashidakari with Samjhu Devi. In this lesson, you are going to learn the origins, themes and current practices of this embroidery tradition.

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Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Introduction of Materials and processes in Kashidakari : Watch this lesson to know about everything you will need to start your Kashidakari apprenticeship. Master craftswoman’s husband Heera Ram ji tells you exactly what you will need to complete the embroidery stitches that you will be making in the next lesson. Learn about customary and contemporary materials that are used in this art form with detailed worksheets included.

Lesson 4

Lesson 4: Learn basic Kashidakari stitches: In the fourth lesson of this masterclass, learn the different types of stitches used to make a complete Kashidakari design.

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Lesson 5

Lesson 5: Learn Basic Kashidakari Motifs: With this lesson, we will learn the specific motifs that are native to this embroidery practice. These motifs will help spark your creativity for future designs!

Lesson 6

Lesson 6: Create a complete Kashidakari design: If you have completed the previous lessons, you will now be able to finish your very own Kashidakari design in this lesson.

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Artist


Samjhau Devi

Our Kashidakari artist Samjhau Devi is an award winning artist from Barmer, Rajasthan that has a legacy of Kashidakari for generations.  She belongs to Chohtan Tehsil of Barmer, Rajasthan.  She learnt this craft from her mother and has been perfecting her craft for over 20 years. She has won the District level prize in 2015 and has also trained thousands of women in the village on behalf of an NGO. 




Art Form

Kashidakari

Kashidakari is the Persian name for needlework. Derived from this name, the Kashida, also known as Kasida, is one of the oldest forms of embroidery that originated in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Kashida work created by using thick, coloured threads and beads to create different attractive patterns. Most kashida motifs inspired by nature, such as vines, birds, leaves and flowers and is one of the defining aspects of this art form. Inspired by this kind of embroidery on textiles, each state or region across Pan India added their flair and distinctive stitch form to this artwork. One of these forms was embroidery on leather footwear, known as the Jutis. Rajasthan, in particular, was a hub where the making of these exquisite shoes first originated.



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Masterclasses are complete pre-recorded courses of 7-8 parts that have been researched and recorded by us at the Master artists homes. LIVE workshops happen in real time over zoom along with the Master Artist and a small like-minded group. Live workshops have different levels. We only have a few Masterclasses right now - Lippan art from Kutch and Pichwai art from Nathdwara, Rajasthan and are producing and adding more every month. While we cover more than 60 heritage art and craft forms in our live workshops already.

You could attend a beginner friendly live workshop (or even a masterclass if its Lippan or Pichwai you are interested in) and then join the foundations or advanced LIVE workshops. The different levels for the LIVE workshops are- Beginner, Foundations and Advanced.

Materials are not included in the masterclasses but you can order from our list of authentic art kits and materials in addition to the masterclass. For the live workshops, materials are included in some of the live workshops as part of the workshop and it would be mentioned in the workshop description.

Beginner Friendly- These are usually 1-2 classes of 2 hours each and one of the simpler artworks and motifs of that art style are covered in the beginner friendly workshops as an introduction to that art form.
Foundations- In the foundations live workshops, the workshops are structured to teach you the basic motifs and foundations of that art style , the focus is not on completing a painting but the elements taught in each class are incorporated in a painting and a few different compositions are also taught
Advanced- in the Advanced live workshop, usually the focus is on completing a more elaborate and intricate painting - no basic motifs are covered in the advanced workshops.
Masterclass-A masterclass is structured as 7-8 pre-recorded classes covering introduction of the artform, introduction of the artist, introduction of the different traditional materials used in that art and then 3 artworks are usually taught ranging from beginner to intermediate.

Yes, going forward, our platform will automatically award you a certificate on behalf of MeMeraki for completing a workshop with us and being a patron of the arts. This will be accessible via the ‘My Workshops’ section under each workshop that you have attended after Nov 2021.


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