Sujatha Rao has popularized the use of
ethnic embroidery such as Kutch, Kasuti, Kantha, Chikan, Freestyle, Phulkari,
Spanish Black, Zardosi, Mirror Work and
many other embroidery stitches on sarees and other dress materials.
She has developed innovative approaches to
teaching the crafts that helped the students get a practical knowledge of combining
tailoring, embroidery and fabric painting.
A number of her students have ventured on their own and are commercially
using this knowledge.