The Huns are believed to have brought Applique to India around 500 AD. The form of work traditionally practiced in Gujarat is known as Katab.
The process involves stitching pieces of cloth onto a larger piece in a decorative manner. Characterised by bold colors, the pieces are often embellished with embroidery and mirror work to increase the visual depth and richness of the product.
Over the years, Appliqué work in Kutch was developed out of the native communities like the Mahajans, Kathis and Rabaris piecing cloth together as coverlets or working out patterns by applying pieces of clothes of different colors and textures to make tents, canopies, decorative hangings, animal covers etc.
Each of the communities use distinct patterns to announce their identities.