Women have been creative themselves when it comes to embroidery. In olden days the women preferred to do hand embroidery on their own, making simple patterns. They did it for their own outfits or may be for those in the family. As the trend caught on, professionalism came into place. Embroidery workshops opened up and artisans were hired to do embroidery. Some artisans got patronage from royal palaces also. This helped them to earn a living. When the royalty declined so did the patronage. The clothing styles also underwent changes. But they have now come a full circle. Some families practice the age old techniques and they have been revived by the designers. There collections on the catwalk bring a new fusion to the old and contemporary designs. Good hand embroidery is considered classic and is very expensive too. For those do not wish to pay a fortune, even machine embroidery is available. The workers who do machine work are equally talented. They can create any design or pattern on any fabric.
Apart from the designer category one can find embroidery done on fabric itself. These materials are sold in retail and wholesale also. Work done on silk; cotton, satin and even crepe are available. The desired length can be taken and an outfit can be made. Embroidered salwars are available as single pieces also. They can be teamed with plain kameez. With a plain tunic the salwar gets more attention. Embroidery is done with colored, gold or silver threads.