Applique & Patch Work of Bihar

In Bihar the craft of Applique is known as Katwa and is famous for making decorative tents and canopies used on religious and ceremonial occasions. Items like beach and garden umbrellas, lamp shades and wall hangings are also madeby contemporary artisans. The motifs include the Persian tress, human figure, birds, animals and flowers. Circular cut-work motifs are used as central motif in the center while the corners have quarter-circular motifs. Usually, the men cut the patterns while the women do the stitching. Bright colours like red, orange, yellow or green are more common.