Hand embroidery is famously recognized as the art of fabric decoration. In India, as in many other parts of the world, this process has been a favourite pass time of women for centuries. Since the time a thread and needle were discovered, women started to create simple designs and initials on various kinds of fabrics. The more skilled workers would also decorate cloth with stones, sequins, beads and buttons. To put it simply, hand embroidery was and still is the ideal way to lend a touch of personalization to your clothing.
Hand embroidery can be very simple to being with and takes simple tools to being.
I would advise starting with cross-stitch, which is a gridded form of embroidery working in little formation of crosses. The patterns are simple to follow and you just need a needle, thread, aida (which is pre-holed fabric to stitch onto) and a hoop to put the fabric into to provide tension.