Art speaks where words are unable to explain and that’s what makes the true essence of WeaverStory's new collection, Enchanted Garden. A fresh addition to our repertoire of handwoven treasures, the line brings forth a range of sarees, dupattas, shawls, stoles & potlis, adorned with the rich and intricate Parsi Gara Embroidery.
Parsi Gara is a centuries old hand embroidery work imbibed with a confluence of Chinese, Indian and Persian traditions. The designs take inspiration from the serene elements of nature and Chinese motifs and are delicately embroidered by seasoned hands in gold, silver and colourful threads on beautiful shades of fabrics. It is a vintage art, a treasure trove of Indian heritage and culture, especially for the Parsi community.
Enchanted Garden is a tribute to the history and beauty of this rich art entwined in extravagant pieces of saree and accessories. Embroidered by master artisans with utmost precision, each piece foretells an enchanting story, a delicate history of Indian textiles embroidered in finery. This new collection entails the finest of sarees, dupattas, shawls and potli’s bedecked with gara embroidery. Charming floral designs, mythical birds and serene landscape are laid on the softest georgette, tussar silk and crepe in multicoloured vibrant threads. A collection of magnificent ensembles perfect for celebratory events and intimate functions, each piece makes for an heirloom that you will treasure for a lifetime.
What can only be called Paintings in Thread, the refined motifs and unconventional embroidery speak to you and for you. Below, explore magnificent creations that bring to life WeaverStory’s collection, Enchanted Garden - Hand Embroidered Parsi Gara Sarees and Accessories
Effortlessly elegant sarees in Crepe, Georgette, Tussar & Satin Silk, crafted to take you through festivities and beyond.
Dupattas, Stoles and Shawls
Timeless embroideries are translated onto woven dupattas, shawls and stoles to give your look a final flourish
A story that goes beyond time - Parsi Gara
Parsi culture is known for its rich history and distinct traditions with significant contribution over centuries - Parsi Gara being one of their most prized possessions. A niche craft being practised only by a handful of artisans makes this lovely embroidery technique an exquisite one, its history dating back to the 19th century. When the Parsi community migrated from Persia (now Iran) to India they brought with them their rich cultural traditions and art techniques.
Parsi Gara aesthetics has transcended cultural boundaries - the craft admired for its beauty, craftsmanship and intricate hand embroidered technique. A diverse influence of 4 regions, the hand worked motifs only refined with time! While the quintessential Persian art was known for its well decorated, eclectic designs, India inspired the vibrant colours and delicate designs special to the skilled workers in the country. One of the distinct features of Parsi Gara are its Chinese motifs - a result of the trade routes connecting India and China during that time. Redefined Chinese art became a popular design with embroidery of florals, birds and pagodas. Some designs also depicted stories from the country - an entire tale being woven on a piece of clothing.
The intricate and vibrant embroidery work of Parsi Gara was highly valued and became a symbol of status and cultural identity. Today, the technique remains a cherished art form with great significance in the community and beyond. It is an essential part of the Parsi wedding trousseau and worn by Brides on their special day. A traditional heirloom, often seen adorned by women on important occasions, functions and taken care of like an essential piece of jewel. Its rich history and craftsmanship continue to entice people with ongoing efforts to promote and sustain this traditional embroidery technique. Still of great significance in the modern world - the craft has been passed down to generations in the Parsi communities by the artisans, who vividly practised this craft and played a huge role in preserving the art. With efforts to document the designs, techniques, and motifs, the community ensures that the embroidery continues to thrive as part of the Parsi cultural heritage.
Author- Aarushi Sharma