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Craft Type: Hand Embroidery
Zardozi is one of the purest forms of hand embroidery which involves creating intricate designs on fabric using a needle, colourful yarn, pearls, beads, quills and sequins. In ancient India, zardozi embroidery was done with wires made of pure gold and silver. Currently, there is a prevalent use of three kinds of zari or wires -- real gold and silver, imitation zari made of silver-coated copper wire and metallic zari that is made of a polyester metallized film. Upholding the regal sanctity of this ornate art form, in our pieces, we have replaced gold and silver wires with resplendent silk.
Made in: Haryana
Dimensions (cm): Length: 40, Height: 0.2, Breadth: 39.5
No. of pieces in a set: 1, One Table Napkin
- Our artisans use silk or locally made gajji (satin) and cotton velvet for this aari zardozi work.
- First, the fabric to be embroidered is framed tightly to a sturdy round wooden frame.
- After that, the patterns are directly drawn onto the fabric with a tailor's chalk.
- In the beginning, the artisan starts with the usual aari chain stitch. Where aari zardozi stitches are done by holding the thread with a finger at the bottom of the framed fabric and the aari hook, a sharp-pointed awl-like needle, is held on top.
- The artisans start by embroidering the outline of the design first.
- Post that an aari hook is pierced through the cloth, and the thread is pulled from behind to tighten the stitches.
- Itâ€™s interesting to know that, these stitches are quite similar to the cobbler's stitch.
- Also, different varieties of hooks are used to embroider each fabric, chosen based on the design and thickness of the cloth.
- This entire process of embroidering is painstakingly repeated until the required design is formed on the surface of the fabric.
- Finally, sequin beads are attached to the cloth by handpicking each bead using an aari and then stitching them onto the cloth. These beads lend to our pieces its rich, ornate look.
- Wash each piece of fabric separately.
- Make sure to use a laundry bag while washing.
- Make sure to iron the fabric inside out.
- Tumble dry the fabric in the washing machine.
- Use any form of bleach or a harsh fabric cleaner.