Kashmiri embroidery has evolved over centuries with influence from many cultures. Designs have developed over time from the Moors, Persians, Turks, and beyond. The color palettes complement the four seasons while the designs are inspired by science and art in nature. Kashmiri embroidery is essentially a harmonious blend of flowers, fruits, and birds. The crewel hand embroidery is impressive. The Kashmiri cushion covers have embroidery in various designs like crewel, aari and chain stich. The cushions have a zipper or buttons at the back.
Crewel embroidery, or crewelwork, is a type of surface embroidery using wool. A wide variety of different embroidery stitches are used to follow a design outline applied to the fabric. The technique is at least a thousand years old.