Parsi embroidery actually owes its origins in China, as the Chinese are the ones who taught this art form to the Parsi women.
The traditional gara saree is a heirloom product and an asset whose value increases every year.
The word ‘gara’ means ‘saree’ in Gujarati.
A minimalist gara saree costs $450 with the heavier ones costing $1800 and above.
Parsi embroidery work had become an extinct handicraft, until recently, when this exquisite and delicate form of embroidery became popular. Parsi Zoroastrian embroidery, particularly in the form of ‘Gara’ sarees
has become an intrinsic part of Indian textile heritage that has its origins in Iran during the early Bronze Age. In later years, this craft underwent the influences of Chinese, Persian, Indian and European heritage.
The embroidery depicts nature in a woven form: from Peonies, Lotus, Lilies, Bamboo, Cherry blossoms and other trees and flowers to beautiful birds, pagodas, huts and human figurines-
Parsi work encompasses the world in all. Each motif in this embroidery has an intrinsic message. For instance, the chrysanthemums are symbolic of spring and joyousness. There is a beautiful interweaving of bright and pastel hues that make Parsi work a treat for the eyes.
The superior craftsmanship of the Parsi embroiders to create handwork so delicate and elegant was something that made these pieces valuable over the years. It takes nearly nine months for an embroiderer to create a gara saree as it requires intricate embellishment on all sides.
The heirloom Parsi work garas have basically been prized properties as their value increases with every passing year. However, maintaining old garas has become quite challenging owing to their intricate embroidery on silk, which is prone to wear and tear.
Dry clean is the best option to ensure that no damage is caused to the garment.