"Indian embroidery seeks to engage in a contest with the sun," said 19th-century writer Théophile Gautier, "to have a duel to the death with the blinding light and glowing sky. At all costs its duty is to shine and glitter and to send forth the prismatic rays: it must be blazing, blinding and phosphorescent-and so the sun acknowledges defeat." This battle is fought with tiny mirrors called shisha, which are held to the fabric in a cage of stitches. Learn how to make eye catching garments using shisha in this article from Threads #1.
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