The traditional Maldivian dress, or the Dhivehi libaas, showcases one of Maldives’ most unique embroidery techniques – that of Kasabu viyun. Kasabu viyun entails silver and gold lace, hand weaved into the neckline of the Dhivehi libaas. Very few craftspeople currently practice Kasabu work – it is therefore very rare and very difficult to obtain for purchase.
Modern embroidery mainly adorns the Dhiguhedhun, the Maldivian national dress. While thread and needle work was previously done by hand, sewing machines are now used extensively – however, the more intricate of the work is still done by hand.