The Madhya Pradesh Government is organizing a “Raag-Bhopali” exhibition to promote Bhopal’s Zari-Zardozi handicrafts.
♦ Embroidery done with metal thread is called kalabattu and forms zari.
♦ The main Zari production centre is in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
♦ Here, the metal ingots are melted into a metal rod called pasa, which is beaten to obtain a certain length after processing.
♦ Then pull it through a steel plate with holes to make it into a wire, and then perform the Tarkashi process to make it thin through a rubber and diamond mold.
♦ The last stage is called badla, where the wires are flattened and twisted with silk or cotton thread to form Kasab or kalabattu.
Different kinds of zari work
♦ Zardozi: This is a heavy and delicate embroidery work, using various gold threads, spangles, beads and gota.
– They are used to decorate wedding outfits, heavy coats, cushions, curtains, etc.
♦ Kamdani: This is lighter needlework done on more lightweight materials such as scarves, veils, and caps.
♦ Mina work: It is called because it is similar to enamel work.
– The embroidery is done in gold.