Plastic Zari

May 27, 2017

Plastic zari

India has long been the home of the gold thread known as zari. Zari was used in ancient times to create outfits for gods, and it held a distinguished place among Indian crafts and fashion. Traditionally, production of real zari consisted of using pure silver wires whose exterior was fused real gold leaves in a process known as kalabattu. This type of zari is expensive to produce, which is why it is mostly reserved for special occasion outfits and for the elite. Inexpensive varieties of zari such as plastic zari, however, are a great substitute because they provide more variety, at almost half the cost. 

Plastic zari is created from chemically manufactured yarn that is colored in different shades and hues. The production process of plastic zari is not very different from the manufacture of other types of zari. In plastic zari, the plastic thread is utilized instead of copper or silver thread. Small thin strips of plastic are usually applied in a range of different colors before being made into zari.  The end product of plastic zari is a yarn that has a metallic appearance; the metallic appearance mostly tends to be silver, gold or aluminum. 

Because the threads can come in several metallic tones, there is more variety in terms of the patterns and designs that can be produced. Additionally, since the fibers in plastic zari are synthetic, the clothing created out of plastic zari is lighter and easier to handle and maintain as long as proper care and maintenance is given to the fabric. Plastic zari is less durable than other varieties of zari, which means that it does not resists wear and tear as well as it should. Here is how to take care of plastic zari fabrics:

  1. Please note that perspiration and contact with bodily fluids can remove or discolor the plastic zari. To get rid of fluids and perspiration, use a mixture of salt and lemon juice on the tarnished area using a cotton swab. After a few minutes, clean out the mixture by blotting it away with a cloth dampened with warm water.
  2. If your saree is sheer, be sure that your jewelry and any rough edges do not cause snagging or abrasion on the plastic zari. Small tears often pave the way for larger tears to occur, which could completely destroy the aesthetic appeal of plastic zari. 
  3. Most plastic zari fabrics tend to be dry clean only. Ensure that you check the label on your outfits to ensure that your cleaning process provides the best results