Our Crafts

For many of our artisans, craft is more than just a source of income. It’s a form of expression that’s closely connected to their history and identity.
These crafts - and the stories that come with them - form the foundation of each RangSutra product. Each one is a celebration of the unique and longstanding tradition of Indian design.


Applique is a decorative textile made by cutting out intricate patterns on fabric, glueing it on a base fabric and stitching these pieces together with hem stitch.

Where our artisans are from

Our applique artisans belong to a community that migrated from Pakistan during the war of 1971 and settled in parts of Rajasthan (Barmer) and Gujarat.

Today, it has been three years since I started working with Rangsutra. I am also looked up to in my family and community as a member who earns and supports the wellbeing of her own family.

Jamu Devi

Barmer, Rajasthan

Desert Embroideries

Embroidery is the craft of embellishing a textile or other material with needle and thread using motifs, which are usually geometrical, floral or inspired by nature.

Where our artisans are from

Rangsutra presently works with embroidery artisans in Bikaner and Barmer districts of Western Rajasthan. The community migrated from Pakistan during the war of 1971 and settled in parts of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

30 years ago, we used to do embroidery primarily for dowry and household needs. Today, we have enabled a transformation of our craft from a hobby to a real profession.

Dhinya Bai

Bikaner, Rajasthan


Handloom fabric is woven on a frame loom, keeping in mind the layouts and placement of stripes that is carefully designed in advance. Engineered stripes on the garment could be warp-based, weft-based or both.

Where our artisans are from

RangSutra’s handloom cluster are located in Bikaner & Barmer in Rajasthan and also in Manipur. They are skilled in various forms of weaving, including extra-weft and engineered weaving.

I was raised around the rhythmic loom; its sound is part of my earliest childhood memories. Working with RangSutra has given me the confidence to lead other artisans of my community and promote the sales of hand-woven cloth in national and international markets.


Napasar, Rajasthan

Kashmiri Embroidery

Hand embroidery of Kashmir excels in colours, beauty, texture and designs. The Kashmiri hand embroidery work uses simple stitches such as satin, stem, chain and long & short stitches with occasional use of herringbone, button hole and darning stitches.

Where our artisans are from

We work with a cluster of artisans in Srinagar, many of whom have practiced Kashmiri embroidery for generations within their families.

In my family, embroidery was seen as an embellishment on any cloth to make ordinary things beautiful. It’s wonderful to showcase this art practiced by my community to the entire world. RangSutra never lets us artisans sit idle.

Noor Mohammad Bhat

Srinagar, Kashmir


Ralli means ‘to connect’ and is the art of connecting small pieces of recycled fabric. These colourful bits of fabric are placed in geometric patterns and hand-stitched together with precision.

Where our artisans are from

Our ralli artisans come from the villages of Rajasthan, where they have been crafting elaborate connections of fabric within their families for decades.

We put in our love and our creativity to make these rallis to present to our daughters when they get married and leave home. While I have been practicing ralli for years, I learned a lot at [Rangsutra’s] workshop about colours, design, quality of work, and markets.


Maangan Khan ki Dhani, Rajasthan

Tie and Dye

Tie and dye are the art of tying small knots on fine fabrics by pinching it with the help of a thimble. The design is resisted by knotting and then dyed in various colours.

Where our artisans are from

We work with artisans in Bikaner and Churu to produce beautiful fabric using bandhej, shibori, lehariya and other resist dyeing techniques.

Almost every land has one type or the other of dying technique. Colors are a metaphor of happiness, and different moods and emotions break the monotony of the desert landscape and fill people's lives with joy.


Bikaner, Rajasthan


Chikankari is one of the most delicate forms of embroidery. This style of embroidery involves a variety of stitching techniques and requires discipline and precision in the detailing. There are around 40 types of stitches used in Chikankari. Our artisans use five main stitches in their craft, tepchi (running stitch on the right side of the fabric), sidha bakhiya (similar to herringbone stitch which is done on the right side of the fabric), phanda (similar to french knots) ghas patti (V shaped line of stitches) chana patti (leave pattern created by cross stitch).

Where our artisans are from

Our Chikankari artisans come from clusters in Rithwan, Salempur and Akbarpur Talu, located in Hardoi, Uttar Pradesh.

Working on the Chikankari project at the Rangsutra Centre in Rithwan has given me the opportunity to save for my further education and provide financial support to my family.


Rithwan, Uttar Pradesh