The Imperial Metal Embroidery

The Imperial Metal embroidery

 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.  

As Zari, gold and silver threads were woven into the fabric. And Zardozi- involves the use of gold and silver thread to emboider three dimensional motifs on rich fabric.

This dress here, of course, is not embroidered using real gold thread 🙂 and thats the reason, I could afford it 🙂 🙂 🙂

EDITED TO ADD

METAL WIRE USED IN ZARI AND ZARDOSI WORK:
How it is made?

From
http://appareldesigns.blogspot.com/2007/01/zarizardosi-embroidery.html

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

http://appareldesigns.blogspot.com/2007/01/zarizardosi-embroidery.html

THURSDAY CHALLANGE

“METAL” (Metallic, Steel, Bronze, Gold, Iron, Shinny,…)

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5 Responses to The Imperial Metal Embroidery

  1. Shobha says:

    Beautiful zardozi work.

  2. Wow, very, very nice….. beautyful pictures too!

  3. Joe says:

    I wonder how they do the embroidery with metal.

    • Amrita says:

      Because metals are ductile, they can be drawn into thin threads without fracture or breaking. The entire process of Zardozi embroidery from the making of the thread to the finshed product can be found on this site. http://appareldesigns.blogspot.com/2007/01/zarizardosi-embroidery.html

      The method of making wire threads 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.

  4. sangeeta says:

    How did i miss this ..beautiful… and nice info.
    Kalabatune in urdu has become kalabattu 🙂

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