Zardozi Work an Ancient Art

Zardozi work, what it is, its origin and how its crafted on different things.

Online PR News – 13-January-2017 – Bangalore – *** Zardozi Work an Ancient Art ***

Zardozi is form of embroidery that came to India from Persia. It’s literal translation, “zar” meaning gold and “dozi” meaning embroidery. This heavy and intricate style of design is said to have been brought to India with the Mughal conquerors.
The Indian city of Lucknow became the major centre for this art form. It is particularly popular in countries like Iran, Pakistan and India.

Origin & History:

Zardozi has its earliest mentions in Vedic literatures, the original process, known as “Kalabatun”, used silk threads wrapped in real gold and silver wires to decorate satin and velvet fabrics. Along with the threads, other opulent embellishments such as sequins, beads, precious and semi-precious stones and pearls were also sewn on. At its peak, it was used in the Mughal Era by the royalty to adorn tent walls in the form of tapestries and wall hangings, as well as on accessories for elephants and horses.

The Making:

The techniques, tools and raw materials used to create Zardozi are the same across India. The basic technique is 4 fold:
• Designing: This is the initial stage of the process, where the entire design is drawn on to a tracing sheet and holes are made along the traced pattern using a needle.
• Tracing: In order to trace the design on to a fabric, the papers with the patterns are placed on a flat table with the fabric underneath. A kerosene and Robin Blue solution is made and wads of cloth are used to dip in it, which are then wiped against the tracing sheet.
• Setting the frame or “Adda”: The design imprinted fabric is stretched over a wooden frame. The size of the frame can usually be adapted to the size of the fabric. Using bamboo or wooden spars, it is then stretched out and tightly held to give the cloth a uniform tension.
• Embroidery: A crochet-like needle that is fixed to a wooden stick called “Ari” is used to carry out the embroidery. As opposed to a regular needle and thread, the Ari greatly speeds up the work as the artisans can pass the threads both above and below the fabric.
The range of products using Lucknow Zardozi today are endless; dresses, coats, purses, belts, stoles, shoes, etc.

You can find some Zari work on Designer Blouse below:

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