Saturday, April 12, 2008

Glossary of embellishments used in Ethnic wear

Badla: A flat metallic wire inserted into fabric and beaten down. Used as embroidery. Also known as mukeish work. It is often used in conjunction with other forms of embroidery like chikankari or zardozi to add to the richness of the look.

Gota: A traditional form of embroidery using a narrow gold or silver ribbon folded to form designs and patterns.

Kundan: A traditional form of mounting uncut or engraved stones in lac. Since the lac is visible, gold foil is inserted behind the stones to cover the lac giving the jewelry a mellow, rich look.

Zardozi: Traditional Mughal embroidery, done with metallic thread and uncut stones on heavy fabrics such as velvet and silk. A favourite with bridal collections.