Brocade Weaving, Fabric piece, Gujarat.
Dimensions – 70 X 200 CM
This mint-green fabric has floral motifs all over zari (metallic golden thread). The center of the motifs is filled with contrasting red and pink silk thread.
Brocade fabrics were used by royals and have intricate patterns or designs which are often made with colored silk or with zari (gold/silver threads). The name “Brocade” comes from the Italian word, “Broccato,” which means “Embossed cloth.” The design on the fabric emerges over the fabric, through weaving.
Ashavalli is a type of brocade that was found in Ahmedabad, named after the city when it was called Ashaval. It has motifs like jaal, flower, creepers, bird or animal forms, and also geometrical forms.