Craft of Zardozi



Zardozi reached zenith under the patronage of Emperor Akbar. This technique employed use of laid stitch with golden thread. It can also be defined as appliqué method of embroidery. The loss of royal patronage during the time of Aurangzeb and the onset of industrialization led to the decline of the craft. During the middle of the century this traditional craft resurged. Today, Hyderabad, Madras, and Bareilly such as Allampur, Faridpur, Biharkala, Nawabganj and Chandpur in Uttar Pradesh have emerged as important centers of craft.

Zardozi garments have become popular with Indians in India and abroad.

Zardozi on kurta-pajamas and chooridar- achkans (tight trousers and men's coat) have gained popularity among the men.