Saima Kaur: Inspired By Indian Folk Art And Colourful Textiles

Today on the Stitchery Stories textile art podcast, Saima Kaur shares her colourful hand embroidery inspired by her Indian heritage and Indian Folk art.

Listen as Saima shares her embroidery journey and begins her adventure into creating a sustainable business through her textile art. Saima has an interesting story and brings Indian textiles alive through her own textile collection and research.

Continue reading to discover the highlights of our chat and to see examples of  Saima’s work … 

Susan Weeks chats with Saima about:

  • Starting the journey towards developing a sustainable textile arts based business
  • Using mini-embroideries to develop ideas in colour, technique and design
  • NOT being taught sewing and embroidery by her talented mother and explaining the Indian cultural reasons why
  • Developing a project to express her journey as the mother of her autistic daughter
  • Being always inspired by Indian Folk art embroidery and textiles
  • Celebrating the women who have come before us with their embroidery made in difficult life circumstances
  • Her love of, and research into, Punjabi Phulkaris
  • Building up a variety of stitches with traditional threads and and hand woven cotton fabric
  • Basing work on traditional stylised icons and designs
  • Everyone started with their first talk and feeling brave
  • Knowing when to stop!
  • Her personal collection of Indian textiles and embroidery
  • Using art and language together to create inclusion and community
Saima Kaur textile artist Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest
Saima Kaur textile artist Stitchery Stories Textile Art Podcast Guest


Other places & people mentioned:

Jessica Grady

Lindy Richardson

Deborah Mullins