Handcrafted embroidery is exclusive and a treasured art since it is painstaking, time consuming, and a lot of care and dedication is put in by ethnic practitioners into the work, resulting in flawless creations of exquisite beauty. Zardozi is metal embroidery done on various fabrics like sarees using gold or silver colour coated copper wire along with a silk thread. Popular since Mughal times , zari thread today, employed for zardozi is Imitation zari using gold or silver coated copper wire or mostly zari made from metallic polyester film where a polyester core is covered by gold or silver coloured metallic yarn.
An art form where, the design or pattern print is transferred to the cloth, the embroidery done on it and the print washed away later leaving only the embroidery behind. Once done only with white thread on plain white fabrics, today it uses coloured threads too. Lucknavi chikankari is the most unique and famous of chikan work in India. Kantha Work, is embroidery work done on sarees, with a running stitch on them in the form of motifs. These motifs could be animals, birds, flowers, simple geometrical shapes and scenes from everyday life. It gives the saree a wrinkled and wavy look and transforms a plain saree into an extraordinary creation.
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