Zalakdozi uses concentric rings to fill a pattern. There are a lot many styles in which a pattern can be filled, like using various shades of the same color for the various rings. I have used darker shades to do the outline and lighted and paler shades to fill the inside. The only time a concentric ring is not used is when there is no space to go round about and allows you a journey of chain stitch only one way.

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Fig 1:  First, I traced out a floral design onto a linen cloth, using carbon paper.
zalakdozi_2    Fig 2:  Start by doing the outline using chain stitch. I have used deeper colors for the outlining.
zalakdozi_3     Fig 3: Once the outine is done, I start to fill in the inside using a paler or lighter colors/shades. The filling is done in concentric rings following the shape of the motif. Do not leave any visible space between each ring. At the same time, do not make it too tightly packed. The chain stich must lay relaxed to give it a ‘zalakdozi’ effect.
zalakdozi_4    Fig 4: While some parts of the pattern get filled with just one ring of the paler color, some others might require more rings to get filled. Some patterns might require just a single lazy daisy stitch to get filled.
zalakdozi_5    Fig 5: The zig zag chain stitch can be used to take sharp turns while filling a motif.
zalakdozi_6    Fig 6: Some parts of the pattern might be left with spaces in the centre. You can either leave the spaces or fill it in. Here,  I chose to leave in the space.
zalakdozi_7    Fig 7: It is not always necessary to use concentric ring(s) to fill a pattern. If you see the illustration, you will see that some patterns can be filled with chain stitch done just one way, as there is no room for a return stitch.
 zalakdozi_8   Fig 8: While stitching, you might encounter places where you get ‘bottle necked’, as in the illustration. I stitched one way and while turning around to stitch my way back, I encountered a ‘bottle neck’, marked between A and B. This is an area where I cannot accomodate another stitch. In such a case, I end the journey at A, and come up again at B to resume the journey.
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Fig 9/ 10 : The close up and whole finished design using zalakdozi.
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