Madhya Pradesh Government organizes ‘Raag-Bhopali’ exhibition to promote Zari-Zardozi 

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Madhya Pradesh Government organizes ‘Raag-Bhopali’ exhibition to promote Zari-Zardozi 

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-I – Culture

In news

  • Madhya Pradesh Government is organizing ‘Raag-Bhopali’ exhibition to promote Zari-Zardozi crafts of Bhopal.

Important value additions 

  • Embroidery done with metallic threads is called kalabattu and forms the zari.
  • The main zari production Centre is Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.


  • Here the metal ingots are melted into metal bars called pasa from which lengths are got by beating it after treatment.
  • This is then pulled through perforated steel plates to make it into wires, followed by the tarkashi process to make it thin with rubber and diamond dies.
  • The last stage is called badla where the wire is flattened and twisted with silk or cotton thread to become kasab or kalabattu.

Different kinds of zari work

  • Zardozi: This is a heavy and more elaborate embroidery work which uses varieties of gold threads, spangles, beads and gota. 
  • It is used to embellish wedding outfits, heavy coats, cushions, curtains etc.
  • Kamdani : This is a lighter needlework which is done on lighter material like scarves, veils, and caps.
  • Mina Work: This is thus called owing to its resemblance with enamel work. 
  • The embroidery is done in gold.

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