And as we wind down to the last day of the challenge, it is fitting to focus once more on the beauty of the vibrant nation that is India.
Today, the focus is on manufactured beauty, more particularly, zari – the gold and silver threads that highlight the richness of Indian fabrics. Some information about the production of zari thread can be found here.
You’ll find examples of zari thread most often in brocades worn by men and women on special occasions. But it is also used as a highlight to lift a garment from ordinary to something more significant. It’s amazing what a little bit of bling can do for an outfit and for the wearer’s outlook.
Perhaps this is the essence of India. Whatever is going on, no matter how mundane the task, there is always a glimmer somewhere: a piece of gold, a hidden gem or a single thread of silver that catches the light and lifts the spirit. This is what makes India such a wonderful country.
Metal wrapped cotton –
Golden threads that draw the eye