Happy Textile Tuesday! As you may know, I love photography, especially of fabrics and textiles. Zardozi or Zardosi is an old Persian embroidery tradition that uses gold and silver metal, thread-like tubing to create intricate patterns and embellish textiles. The word itself apparently means ‘that which is stitched with golden threads’. The golden (or metallic) ‘thread’ is a kind of metal tubing; some of are them so fine that they resemble individual strands of thread while others are thicker and wider. This tradition is mainly practiced in Iran, India and Pakistan. Once I realized what the material and the work actually looked like, I went on an I Spy-esque hunt for them. Follow along, and see if you can spot the slender zardozi in the riotously colored fabrics.
Zardosi creates a 3-dimensional effect and adds glamor and inviting texture to the fabric. The flexible metallic tubing that is used for zardozi comes in a variety of colors and diameters, but the gold tubing has a special allure. The shimmer of gold, the clink of beads and sequins, the joyful colors, all pack a powerful punch! Enjoy the pictures and see if you can spot the zardozi work in each of them. I had so much fun photographing these!
The fabrics are courtesy of Riiti Fashions. Many of these are vintage fabric swatches and the work on them is painstaking and beautiful. Riiti Fashions owner Renuka Rajagopal has carefully preserved these fabric remnants and scraps as a testament to human ingenuity, creativity and our collective eye for beauty.
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