Indian culture is very diverse. Divided in 29 provinces, Indian culture has got lot to offer. Each province has its own independent culture, which uniquely contributes in making this country so vivid and rich. Right from religions, spirituality, festivals, language, cuisines, and languages to literature, epics, dance, drama and clothing, everything speaks volume about this country.
Indian clothing is rich in embroidery and intricate designing. Popularly known as Indian karigari, this reflects expertise work of Indian culture. There are different forms of embroidery found here related to different provinces respectively. Like, if you go to Jammu and Kashmir, much of thread work on pashmina will be found. Going down to south will introduce you to kanjiwaram silk, which speaks of classiness and elegance. One of the famous embroidery arts is zari ki karigari, which is very commonly found on most of ethnic Indian women attires. Originated in the interiors of central India, it used to be main occupation of certain communities in Uttar Pradesh.
Zari embroidery is basically intricate metal designing done on traditional wears like sarees, lehengas, suits and others. It takes a lot of time, expertise and labour to come up with a good work. One thing that has remained common over ages is that it is done manually by artisans. Designs might have changed over years, but the grace of this karigari is still the same. In fact, zari embroidery contributes a major share in the overall segment of Indian handicrafts.
The growing popularity of Indian embroidery has influenced fashion conscious people around the world. Not only Indian designers, fashion professionals across globe have shown their inclination towards Indian art. In fact, in a lot of fashion institutes , these traditional embroideries are now included as a part of fashion designing courses. Students are given an overview of the intricate traditional designing and are told with their applications. Fashion professionals infuse traditional embroideries and art work with modern designs to give a different look. This pattern is very common these days.
Zari embroidery is one of the oldest art works of India. In certain parts of the country, it is still the main occupation of lot of tribal people. Very few people are left in the original region and this because of the growing competition in the market. Our government is needed to take substantial efforts so as to preserve our cultural heritage. In Delhi there are many such exhibition and Melas are conducted where one can easily get oldest art works of the country.