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Salma or nakshi is cheaper than dapka and considered slightly less exquisite than dapka by some. But a wedding skirt or lehanga or odhani or mantle cannot be complete without nakshi as it shines much more than dapka. Nakshi puts life in the art work. This form of embroidery is also done by using prefabricated golden thread on the chhapai.
At first the design is imprinted on the material with the help of oil and ink. The work commences from exterior to interior that is the outline of the motif is worked with the twisted metallic wire gigai, followed by filling with twisted circular metallic wire, the Salma. For fixing the accessories, back, running, chain, couching stitching stitch is employed. Meenakari the enamel effect is bought about combining Salma work with appliqué and other hand stitchery, which is an exclusive work of menfolk. The motifs comprised of either floral or geometrical and are popular with distinctive names like Ganga-Jamuna (blend of gold and silver thread), jamavar (overall elaborate trellised pattern), Bel (trellised border), Hazar butas (fine work with glittering thousands butties), Katao kibel (scalloped trellis borde) and so on.

“The court embroidery consists of Gota, Salma, and thread work.."
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