Indian Bridal Embroidery: Zardozi

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On receiving a marvellous response from our readers on our post related to Phulkari, we thought of writing another post related to a gorgeous three dimensional Indian bridal embroidery called Zardozi. This form of hand embroidery received its name from two Persian words: ‘Zar’ which means thread and ‘Dozi’ which means embroidery. Just like Phulkari, this art-form has also been transferred from one generation to the other. Zardozi reached its zenith in the Mughal period during the reign of the Emperor Akbar.


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When Zardozi was originally used by the Mughal and Rajput rulers,  it used to adorn their costumes and decor but these days it is associated with bridal dresses and accessories. The groom can also wear a coordinated sherwani with zardozi work on it.


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Not only this, Zardozi can also add a royale touch of elegance to any wedding decor.

Materials used – Real gold and silver along with precious stones and beads were originally used for this form of embroidery. Modern Zardozi makes use of synthetic threads as these are not only cheaper but at the same time these are lightweight and also durable. As a matter of fact, myriad of materials are used for Zardozi embroidery and these materials are as beautiful as Zardozi itself. These materials vary from zari, salma, dabka, sitara, sequins, beads, stones, shells and many more. Silk threads are also used in addition to metallic wires.

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Zardozi embroidery is associated with elaborate intricacy and enigmatic elegance. This technique simply gives and aristocratic facade that can charm all the guests on your wedding day.

Here are some more ideas of incorporating Zardozi on your special day:

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Here are some zardozi purses designed by  Meera Mahadevia who is known for her customized accessories:

Stay tuned for more on Meera Mahadevia’s collection.




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