Embroidered saree, a tale with colourful threads and designs
When a woman wants to look gorgeous yet subtle, embroidered sarees are the best choices.
Embellished with colourful motifs and floral designs embroidered sarees are one of the most loved
sarees around India, specially by Parsi community. Thus, embroidered sarees are also known as ‘Parsi
Gara’ saree. This tradition of embroidered or ‘Gara’ sarees started with Indian Persi community
establishing trade relations with China. The word ‘Gara’ that has originated from the Gujarati word
‘garo’ means ‘width’. In India, Gujarat state is one of the largest producers of the embroidered sarees.
Surat in Gujarat is the biggest hub of embroidered or Parsi Gara saree that charms all saree lovers. In
recent times with a large variety in design, simplicity, and elegance, Embroidered sarees can be worn by
any women at any age and any occasion.
A saree with Chinese legacy and Persian tradition
Embroidered sarees are not only unique in its design but also have a unique history. As mentioned
earlier this saree is the gift of a trade relation between Indian Parsis and Chinese traders during Colonial
era. When Indian opium and cotton were bartered for tea from China by the Indian Parsi traders, a novel
kind of embroidery also came to India from China. According to legends this art of embroidery was
realistic in appearance depicting mainly flora and fauna woven with colourful threads on mainly satin or
crape fabrics. With time these designs are made with zari, silk and colourful satin threads on different
fabrics including chiffon, georgette, silk, satin, crepe, cotton and many such to make beautiful sarees.
Initially this realistic embroidery art was targeted for the European market but gradually it was also
woven on sarees for Indian consumers. After settling down in Mumbai or the then Bombay,
Maharashtra, the Parsi traders became the new rich and their women adopted these embroidered fiveand-half-metres of cloth as their signature style. During 30s these Embroidered saree was much in use
but due to Independence movement in India, it lost its market. Afterwards, in 1980s Embroidered sarees
were revived with a new life and given a modern, sophisticated look.
The main attraction of these sarees is the diversity of its motif designs. The motifs on the embroidered
sarees depicts mainly birds, flowers, men- women and many such. There are different unique designs of
motif used in recent times that have legacy from past designs as well. Among these motif designs ‘China
Cheeni’ is one of the oldest forms depicting men and women at work. Besides, polka dotted motif
‘Kanda Papeta’, spin wheel motif or ‘Karoliya’, hen and rooster motif or ‘Marga Margi’, and male-female
sparrow or ‘Chakla Chakli’ are some of the well known designs. Also, Embroidered sarees usually have a
unique designer narrow border that is called ‘Kor’ which is separately designed and embroidered in a
different form from the whole saree giving a gorgeous look to it.
In modern times there is a huge variety in Embroidered sarees ranging from Zardosi Embroidered saree,
Resham Embroidered saree, Phulkari Embroidery saree to Kutch work Border Embroidered saree,
Kantha stitch Embroidered saree and many more which makes a big part of our collection as well. Also,
we cater with the variety of Jamdani sarees, Tant sarees, Handloom sarees and Linen sarees that will
décor you with grace.