The only difference we can usually think between a machine embroidery work and that done by the hand is the method used, but there is a lot than that. There is a belief that the embroidery work done by hand is of a greater value, has an expression of the maker, depicting their emotions and sentiments which is lacked by machine-made embroidery. To get down to the details, there are numerous other differences as well. Read along to know more.
Hand embroidery work qualifies for a variation of stitches, thread and fabrics which is restricted in machine-made embroidery. Hand embroidered pieces cannot be done within a day, infact it takes several days, sometimes weeks or months to finish it. Since, the application of hand embroidery is endless, every design is a piece of art, unique in its own way. It is the maker’s dedication and intricacy that makes every piece one of its kind.
Every time a piece of work is created by hand embroidery, it tells a story with each stitch.
On the other hand, embroidery work created by machine is very uniform and consistent, as machine embroidery is computer generated where design patterns are uploaded into the machine and then the stitching is done as per the uploaded design. The machine dictates producing exact same pattern each and every time. It can be indicated that machine embroidery works very much like a copy machine where each piece is identical to the initial. The thread used in machine embroidery is typically made of polyester, rayon or metallics which cannot be separated as the artisan with needle in hand embroidery can do in each stitch. The design has the same thickness throughout the whole pattern giving it a monotonous look.
A hand embroidered piece is a token of gratitude, it definitely costs more than a piece embroidered by machine but, every time the quality of work by hand outshines the machine-made piece.
So, the definite things to look for when wondering if the piece is hand embroidered or
created by machine, the threads can be a great indicator. Hand embroidered threads when
stitched have a softer and gentler feel, and are not tightly stitched as in machine
embroidery. One can also differentiate among the two embroidery methods by looking at
the back side of the fabric, as you will always find the stranded and raw threads in the hand
embroidered pieces giving it an organic feel, whereas machine embroidery has a systematically carried threads at the back of an embroidered piece from one motif to the next without a break.
At Nazrana, we make every rupee spent worth it, for us each handcrafted piece of art is unique and special. Each masterpiece is created by our local craftsmen, who invest their time and heart to include the details that will make the embroidery stand out.
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