Shisha is a kind of embroidery done on top of textile for sewing small mirrors to obtain a pretty design. In fact, the term’shisha’means mirrors. This form of embroidery, often called mirror work, is very prevalent in India and its neighboring countries. Initially, components of mica were employed to obtain a reflective surface, but those were subsequently replaced by tiny mirrors. Nowadays, sequins and plastic mirrors may also be used occasionally, but glass mirrors continue to be used and they’re considered to be more desirable and traditional.
Traditionally,’shisha’was made from blown glass, the trunk of that has been painted to have it more reflective. Then, it was carefully cut or broken Oxford. This technique is still used and the final product is known as’antique shisha.’ Such bits of’shisha’are valued because of the slight flaws that creep in while making glass manually, and the difference inside their shape and size, as a result of hand cutting.’Perfect shisha’or’embroidery glass ‘, as it is often called, being made on machines, is thicker and doesn’t have imperfections of size or shape.
‘Shisha’must be firmly mounted on the cloth so the latter can carry the weight of the mirror or’shisha.’ This technique works especially well on textile having bold prints in bright colors, where mirrors alongside pretty stitches provide a different dimension to the overall design. Mirror embroidery is often done to add to the sweetness of bags of varying sizes, hangings, clothing and household furnishings. Mirrors form an intrinsic the main overall design. They can form a the main motifs arranged in geometrical designs or be positioned in a very flower.
Simple straight stitches in several directions are applied over the periphery of the mirror to secure it with the fabric. The edges of the mirror are somewhat rough, so that they may contain the thread in addition to the fabric, thus keeping the mirror in its desired position. Traditionally, the fastening of mirror to the fabric is done through stitches only, without the usage of any adhesive or glue. Those decorative stitches over the periphery of the mirror not merely contain the mirror in place, but additionally go to create a design component.
People not keen or unable to follow along with the traditional method can get almost similar looks by using plastic rings available with stitching already done around them. Such rings are made to give the look of an ornamental border around the mirror. You can also get lengths of material that have mirrors already sewn in.