Traditional handicraft of India: Zardozi

30 Aug 2019  Fri

One of the most efficient and beautiful craft in the sub-contents is embroidery. The ancient Vedic text Rig-Veda talks about the technique of gold thread embroidery. Later in the 17th century, the gold thread embroidery was prospering and received the royal patronage of the Mughal Emperor Akbar.

India craft had ample amount of embroidery and patchworks like Chikankari, Kantha, Phulkari, Rajasthani patchwork, Kashidakari, etc. Among these crafts, Zardozi not only received royal patronage but also highly in demand. Zardozi is a type of heavy and elaborated metal embroidery on silk satin or velvet fabric base.

Designs of this work are often created using gold and silver thread. Along with its precious stones, pearls and beads are also added to the design. This embroidery has a wide range of application, there are historical records that prove that this embroidery was applied not only on clothes but also on households textiles and animals trapping. The royals used it on the walls of the royal tent, scabbards, wall hanging and also on types of equipment of royal elephant and horses.

In 2017, India post issued a stamp depicting a Zardozi carpet from Agar to mark the excellent craftsmanship of Indian embroidery.

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