If you have been to the shop in search of a silk saree lately, you may have had an attendant talk to you about the type of zari that a saree is made from. Technically, there are different varieties of zari, with the main ones being real zari, imitation zari, and powder zari. Zari work is a process that involves weaving gold or silver threads into different intricate designs and patterns. The threads that create the patterns are woven into fabrics and are made primarily out of silk. The embroidery process that forms the zari is also known as kalabattu.
Powder zari is produced in the same way as tested zari, whereby, instead of gold gliding, powder gliding is done. For that reason, instead of weaving the actual gold silk threads into the fabric, artificial gold glitter powder is superimposed on the fabric. When powder zari is brand new, it has the same appearance, luster, and brilliance of real zari. However, after continued use, the powder begins to fade after the fabric endures a few cycles of washing. Powder zari is a great alternative when one cannot afford the more expensive varieties of real zari because it is quite inexpensive and is mostly applied on rayon fabrics.
Taking care of zari
Since powder zari is prone to damage with regular usage, it helps to go the extra mile when handling sarees that are made out of powder zari. Here are some tips to help you take care of powder zari: