Zari and Zardosi

Metal threadwork and embroidery, known as zari and zardosi, were introduced in India from Persia during the time of the Mughals. It was used for royalty, using real gold and silver threads, and precious stones, pearls, and sequins to make the embroidery even more magnificent.
Today, metal and synthetic fibers, and golden threads can be used for embroidery. Imitation zari is made from copper wires electroplated with silver, and metallic zari is metallized film slitted with polyester. It is popular for bridal wear, as it stands for opulence and beauty.
In addition to apparel, products include cushions, table wear, bags, belts, shoes, and coats. Stitches include salma, sitara, gijai, badla and katori.