Time was when zaari-sarees formed an essential part of every bride’s trousseau. Brightly coloured silk sarees with patterns woven in gold thread. Not gold coloured thread; but thread made by drawing pure gold into wire so thin it was almost as pliable as silk.
Zaari-sarees were precious, because they were so rare.
And then gold-coloured synthetic threads came into the picture. Though purists would have nothing to do with it, you could get rip-offs of zaari-sarees at a fraction of the cost. Anyone could afford ‘zaari’.
Any wonder that the modern bride prefers Swarovski crystals embroidered into her bridal ensemble?!
There are words, and there are words. Some words can be easily translated, others need to be described. In April, I’ll attempt to capture the Soul of 26 'Indian' words in a drabble of exactly 100 words.