Designs In Embroidered Indian Sarees


The beautifully embroidered Indian sarees are very popular because of their unique designs and patterns. These sarees are admired a lot with a wide range of designs depicting ethnic variations. Embroidered saris are commonly designed in the Western Indian displaying rich custom, tradition and culture.

Most of such embroidery sarees are made by ethnic groups such as Sodha and Rabari Rajputs. Artisans use different types of embroideries like metallic thread embroidery. These embroideries are extensively employed to come up with up something singular to the most beautiful apparel. Such embroidery work can be found in west as well as in north India. Derived from the Mughal Empire, the metallic embroidery is now frequently used in sarees of Marwaris, Lohana and Rajputs. Both rural and urban women love to wear embroidery sarees. The clothing is worn on special occasions like wedding, parties and festivals. Though rich women can afford to wear embroidery saree on a daily basis, still they prefer wearing the attire on occasions because it’s heavy and tough to carry. If they wear it often, it would be difficult to perform daily chores.

The embroidered sarees have distinguished designs because of the unique threads added in the clothing. Artisans make use of different kinds of metallic threads including gold wrapped threads known as 'kalabattun' or ‘zari’. Another beautiful pattern of embroidery is 'kalabattun' or 'kamdani' comprising metallic threads with zari fabric. Fine and light metallic threads have been used to perform the embroidery work instead of muka work. Georgette and chiffon are also used for this purpose. This kind of embroidery is known as zardoshi or zardozi work.

The connection of the Eastern India is also very strong with embroidery tradition. Portuguese imported a huge amount of embroidered quilts from India in early 16th and 17th centuries. During that time Bengal was the main producer of embroidery. Various types of zardoze, silk on muslin and cotton on muslin embroideries were produced in the Eastern India.

The production of embroidered sarees is a highly earning industry. Alas, the artisans do not make enough money out of their hard work.