Aari work is an intrinsic form of embroidery that is done using a crochet-like needle and beads. The sharp edged needle called muthia is inserted into the fabric and pulled out to make a small chain stitch. The process is continued to decorate the fabric with elaborate designs, borders and scenery patterns. It is a very delicate and one of the finest forms of hand embroidery in India.
Decorating a sari
Aari work is mainly done by craftsmen in Kutch, Rajasthan, Lucknow and Uttar Pradesh. The process begins with drawing the design and following the pattern with stitches of colourful cotton, zari or silk threads. The saree fabric is tightened using a wooden frame or over a cot for complete precision. Floral motifs, flower vine borders and paisley designs are commonly used patterns for making traditional drapes. This work can be done on cotton, silk, georgette and almost every other fabric. For making heavy saris, aari work is usually combined with beads, sequins, cutdana and zardozi. From office to casual outings and formal parties, you can flaunt an Aari work drape with effortless style and grace. Keeping up with tradition and trends, saree.com brings to you gorgeous sarees that have been intricately embroidery with aari work done by some of the most skilled craftsmen in India.
Maintenance and Care
While dry cleaning is the best option to increase the life span of the garment, for drapes that have only aari work can be hand-washed using mild detergent. Avoid drying them in direct sunlight to prevent the colour of the threads from fading.
A beautiful colour-play
Aari work is one of the most colourful forms of embroidery that has taken over the global market. With advanced machines and quicker output, it has been extended to make contemporary accessorieslike bags and shoes by some of the leading brands and designers around the world.