There came a time in Indian cinema especially after the launch of Devdas, there was a craze for Handworked sarees. So did the common indian population. Hand work is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or pearls, beads, quills, sequins, stones etc. Depending on time, location and materials available hand work could be the domain of a few expert of a widespread popular technique. This flexibility led to a variety of works, from royale to the mundane.

Hand worked Saree

Types of Hand Work

When you say there are wide range of Hand works, followed by skilled artisans from different States of India . Almost all states in India have there own household Hand Work crafts followed through generations.

Zardosi Work

Being called the Queen of all Hand Works, originally created for Royal families. Now, in modern time it is the first choice for bridal wears as it calls for richness and glitters. It is Hand Worked by a special needle called Aari-Hook.

Zardozi hand work done by skilled artisans

Mukesh Work

A Hand Work which makes your attire look like twinkling stars in a clear sky, worked with a flat metal wire called Mukesh/Badla. Mostly done in Silver, Copper and Antique coloured thread wires.

Mukesh work

Paarsi Work

Originated from the Persian people. The richness of the work is highlighted through the fancy and colourful work in silky thread. A very finely worked craft so it is a time consuming art too.

Threaded Paarsi Work

Kashmiri Work

Rich colour spectrum, exquisite workmanship with beautifully composed designs are the highlight of this Hand Work.

Kashmiri Aari Work saree

Phulkari Work

Originated from Punjab-Haryana. Traditionally worked on cotton fabric in red or blue silk thread and mirror like Hand Works.

Hand worked Phulkari Dupatta

Kasuti Work

Karnataka’s Kasuti Hand Work is famous for sketching religious themes . It is a form of Embroidery Hand Work.

Karnataka’s pride Kasuti Work

Chikan Kari Work

Dating back to the royal court of Oudh. Now very famously centred in Lucknow, India. Minutely worked together with different threads such a sequins, badla, mirrors knotted to form a beautiful design. This hand work looks graceful and royal in white cotton muslin material.

Chikan Kari with mirror work

Shisha Mirror

It is the process of attaching tiny mirrors to sarees.

Mirror work

Kundan Work

Kundan are Indian gem stones which are placed on the sarees to give a jewelry effect.

Hand Worked Kundan Blouse

Pitha Work

Pitha work is a traditional handcraft with golden or silver wire threads that are pressured to give an ethnic look to sarees.

Pita worked Resham saree

Resham work

Resham work is were silk threads are used to hand-embroide various designs and motifs.

Pure Crepe Resham Work

Sequins Work

Sequins are disk-shaped beads used for decorative purposes. They are available in a wide variety of colors and geometrical shapes.

Sequin Work Saree

Bead Work

Bead work is a small, decorative object that is usually pierced for threading or stringing.

Bead work blouse with Mirror attachments


When we say India is a nation of varied cultures, the textile art plays very important role in this. There are vast number of skilled artisans who follow extensive quantum of Hand work crafts on sarees .

Fashion and Bollywood

There are fashion designers, designing the wedding trousseau of famous actresses in Bollywood or Kollywood prefer these above mentioned hand works for their Bridal attires, for the rich, royal and ravishing look . Bridal fashion shows of A list fashion designers in India are not completed without these Hand worked Lehengas or Sarees.

Deepika Padukone in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Sequins and Beaded hand worked lehenga
Karishma Kapoor in Sabyasachi Mukherjee Lucknowi Chikankari Saree

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