Gujarati brocade sarees are interwoven with rich, raised design. These
saree are very expensive and have also become very rare. The state of
Gujarat in India, also known as the "Manchester Of the East", has
a rich heritage of textile crafts, one popular among them is the Brocade
Distinguishing Features of Gujarati Brocade Sarees
There are two
main distinguishing characteristics of the Gujarati Brocade Sari:
- Butis (circular designs) woven into the field in the warp
direction instead of the weft, resulting in their lying horizontally
instead of vertically on the sari when draped.
- Floral designs woven in coloured silk, against a golden
(woven zari) ground fabric. Although such 'inlay' work is a common
feature in many western Deccan silks, the Gujarati work usually has
leaves, flowers and stems outlined by a fine dark line.
Gujarat Brocade Saree
Fabric and Design in Gujarati Brocade Sarees
Brocade is a kind of
silk fabric which is very thick and heavy and raised designs are woven in
it. The Asavali saris are the famous Gujarati brocade sarees that had rich
brocaded patterns woven in twill weave, a speciality of the area.
Intricately woven silken patterns were embedded into the gold surface in
variety of colours and were known as
, imitating the enamel work prepared on jewellery. The
Gujarati brocade saree is also one of the famous sarees from Gujarat. In
this saree, designs are woven in colored silk on a golden background. Motifs
such as leaves, flowers, fruits, birds, figures of dancing women and women
waving fans are woven in such sarees. These sarees are highly expensive as
they are exquisitely woven.
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