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Crewel is derived from the type of yarn used, "Krua" (meaning wool). Crewel embroidery is a beautiful, traditional and ancient embroidery of Kashmir origin where weavers use wool to create designs on the background of the linen twill fabric.

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Process of Crewel embroidery

Crewel is a traditional hand embroidery technique practiced in Kashmir. It uses woolen crochet ("aari") and consists mainly of yarns of simple tones (white or colored) or multicolored. Crewel embroidery ofKashmir is a little different because it is done mostly using wool yarn unlike in other parts of the world which can be done with synthetic or cotton yarn.

Crewel embroidery of Kashmir

Crewel work has a rich history dating back to the early Middle Ages. It became popular in the 16th century during the time of Queen Elizabeth. The intricate designs of stylish flowers, birds, and animals were processed into household goods and clothing with wool. Then, in the early 18th century, Crewel was replaced by many other handicrafts. It then regained popularity in the 1970s, adding new innovations to design, fabrics, and threads used.

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