Chamba rumal, an embroidery from Himachal Pradesh dates back to the 15th century. There is a mention of this embroidery being practiced in Pathankot, Chamba and other remote villages of Himachal Pradesh in Buddhist literature and the Jataka Tales. Chamba was known for the most picturesque needle work, which the Romans described as ‘needle painting’.
end use: Traditionally the rumal was used as a cover for food prasad offered to gods and goddesses. It was also a custom to gift embroidered rumals at the time of weddings.
Now days, the Chamba embroidery is done on fabrics like silk, polyester or terrycot and made into blouses, caps, slippers, cushions covers etc. embroidered silk wall hangings are also exported from Himachal Pradesh.