Zari-Zardozi is one of the most celebrated and well-known artworks in India and the globe. It could be the glamorous touch it adds to a simple piece of cloth or the regal look it brings to any saree, lehenga or dupatta. This beautiful form of embroidery roots way back in the small alleys of Bhopal. The art has been revived and brought into the eyesight in some of the most amazing ways. Starting from the Zari sarees and dupattas that are not only immensely regal, but also uniquely designed to the decor range with Zari work.
The Origin of Zari
Rooting back to one of the most ancient cultures in the world, the regal art of Zari was created by the Persians. The word Zari itself is derived from a small village in Persia, now known as Iran. The craftsmen of Persia first started the use of thin threads of gold and silver. Gaining immense popularity at that time, the art was migrated to India by the Persian travelers in 1700-1100 BC. This enticing art of zari caught eyes and flourished to its fullest in India in the era of Mughals, under the great emperor Akbar.
Various types of Zari
The art of zari has always been a luxury only affordable for the royals, due to the use of expensive gold and silver threads. But as time passed and the demand increased, it went through quite a few changes. Changes that made this ravishing art affordable to various income groups. These changes divided Zari into three categories:Real Zari: The real zari is made of pure gold and silver threads. This zari is quite expensive for some, yet are one of the most valuable for others.This zari is made from fine silver or gold thread is drawn from silver or gold alloys, which is flattened by passing it under through equal pressure rotating rollers. The flattened silver threads are wound on the base yarn that is usually made of silk.
The real silver zari that is used to adorn motifs onto this rich silk fabric to bring out the best in you. The beautiful designs and artwork are what make it one of a kind and unique in itself.
Imitation Zari: Invented to chop off the price and make it available for various income groups, Imitation Zari was made of copper wire. But as the costs of copper went high, it again became a dream for the low-income groups. Even after being a suitable replacement for silver, Imitation Zari is produced in a somewhat limited way.
Metallic Zari: This type of Zari is made of slitted polyester metalized film. In comparison to the other two types of Zari, this one became a hit in all income groups. The lightweight, the price, and the durability instantly appealed to the masses. It is still one of the most selling types of Zari all over the globe!
Uses of Zari, now and previous era
Traditionally Zari was used in earlier eras only for the embellishment of the royal attire. Peacock motifs and floral designs were considered auspicious and were used the most. Soon after the art caught eyes and started getting demands, the artists started to use Zari on different fabrics. The designs also changed over the years bringing in a fusion of Mughal, Persian, and Indian styles.
Changes that came into the Zari world
Zari came across quite a few changes over the years. Be it the decline in the use of real zari or the patterns. Due to excessive weight and price of real zari, nowadays, zari made of polyester or cotton wrapped in silver/golden metallic yarn is used more. The use of imitation zari or metallic zari has reduced the weight and the price a lot. It has also made the art affordable for all income groups and has increased its reach over the globe too.
Known for the exceptional design, gorgeous patterns, and exquisite work, Zari is a big part of the Indian culture now. Used to design some of the dynamic lehengas, sarees, and dupattas, Zari has weaved its way into our lives. These traditional wears with refine zari work are primarily worn on special occasions like weddings, festivals, and functions. This beautiful art is and always will be one of the most majestic arts in the world!
So, here are some of the best Khinkhwabi Banarasi Silk Zari Sarees and Dupattas that will make every celebration this winter a royal one:
Silk sarees are always timeless classic and so is this ensemble, which is an epitome of the genre that redefines the festive look. Designed to suit the tastes of our modern customers and crafted to perfection, this handloom Banarasi attire is so stunning and classy.
The beauty of the saree is the beautiful gold creepers and silver flowers embellished in Jangla and Meenakari work along with Jangla designs. Running creepers are brocaded on the Zari and the end panel combines with motifs of dense forest or the field. Wow, that’s so much of creativity by our Banarasi weavers, isn’t it?
Khinkhwab brings you exclusive Khinkhwab Gold range- specially crafted for us by our weavers in real silver zari. These Handloom Banarasi sarees are timeless classic which is an epitome of the genre that redefines the festive look. Beautifully crafted in Pure Red and Kadhua Koniya weave makes this saree a must buy.
Dupattas are something that can add a great deal of elegance to your outfit. This beautiful Sona Rupa Zari Dupatta will be a perfect match for your style. The design is regal, and the Beige color is something that complements each other perfectly.
This elegant Katan Handloom Kadua dupatta in subtle beige color with Jangla work all over is just the right pick to make a stunning statement at your next gathering.
This gorgeously designed Silver Zari Based Pure Georgette Handloom Banarasi Dupatta is perfect for any occasion. This is an exquisite Georgette handloom limited edition dupatta woven woven in Silver Zari, exceptionally crafted for the royalty. The ravishing zari work makes it even more enticing.
This is an exquisite Pure Katan limited edition Handloom Banarasi dupatta weaved in real Silver Zari especially crafted for the royalty. The intricately weaved Banarasi Handloom dupatta in real silver zari traditional floral booties and border in bottle green color is all about poise, class, and grace.
These gorgeous Zari Banarasi sarees will make this winter a royal one. Try these for any celebration, and you will be the center of attraction for sure. And these beautiful Zari sarees and dupattas will speak so much about your classic sense of style. So this winter rock it with some regal Zari!
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