Zari zardosi which originated in Persia was brought down to India by the Mughal rulers, to embellish their royal attires with this metal embroidery. In dose days this craft was confined only to the royal families, but now it is at an easy reach for the common people.Zari embroidery is widely used now-a-days to make wedding dresses because it depicts royalty. Apart from wearable garments, this embroidery is also found on variety of products like cushion covers, table cloths, wall hangings, bags, purses, bed sheets, etc. This kind of elaborate embroidery is also done by using gold threads sequins, beads and precious stones to embellish heavy coats, cushions, shoes and belts. Various kind of stitches like Salma, sitara, gijai, badla and katori are used to bring out the antiquity of the craft. These techniques are passed on from generations to generations whose preside in the areas of Agra, Delhi, Jaipur and Surat.
The chief poducts of zari zardosi are:
• Wedding Outfits
• Cushion Covers
• Table Cloths
• Wall Hanging