The applique work of Bihar is called "Khatwa".
It is believed that applique work made its way into western India
either from Europe or Arabia in the Middle East through trade contacts.
It involves creation of designs by cutting one fabric and stitching the
pieces onto another.
"Khatwa" is used to craft decorative tents, canopies, shamianas, etc. A
thick fabric and Geometric patterns are used while making the Tents on
important occasion or functions. The cutting and designing are done by
the men while the women do the stitching work Apart from tents, Kathwa
is also used in decorating women's garments. In this case the applique
work done is more artistic.