Since time immemorial Gold has been seen as a symbol of purity, prosperity and good fortune in India. Even today we continue to be quite obssessive about accumulating gold in every form. In fact, we Indians are passionate about Gold. No wonder then that we can even <em>wear<em/> this precious metal not just s jewellery, but they went ahead and <em>created<em/> dresses out of gold and silver threads.
This dress here, of course, is not embroidered using real gold thread 🙂 and thats the reason, I could afford it 🙂 🙂 🙂
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METAL WIRE USED IN ZARI AND ZARDOSI WORK:
How it is made?
The method is called ‘Kalabatune’.
The process starts with the melting of metal ingot to make into bars known as ‘paras’, which is drawn to a length by gently beating it after heating.
The metal is then pulled through perforated steel plates to turn into a long wire after which comes the ‘Tarkashi’ process.
This is to reduce the wire to the required thinness like a whisp of hair using rubber/ diamond dyes (moulds). The last stage is called ‘Budla’ when the wire is finally flattened, now done by machines and then wound on silk/ cotton thread which when twisted becomes Kasab/ Kalabatune.
MORE DETAILS ON THE PROCESS OF ZARDOSI CAN BE FOUND ON THIS WEBSITE