Gemstones: Vintage Black Velvet Zardozi Clutch


It’s that time of the year again, when a little bling is all you need to make a style statement.

These Vintage Evening Bags are black velvet decorated with metallic silver and gold zardozi embroidery accented with pearl beads and semiprecious stones. Envelope style clutches with optional braid shoulder straps which can be tucked inside and a snap closure. The interior is black satin and it has two side pockets outlined in gold at the top and one more side pocket on the other side.

Here is your chance to own a hand-crafted piece of art and support local artisans.

  • Measurements in cm: 22 x 12
  • Colour: Black & Gold, semiprecious stones
  • Material: Black Velvet, Satin interior, matching gold cord shoulder strap
  • Region: Agra, India

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Product Description

Beautiful Vintage Zardozi from Agra, India

Zardozi is an elaborate embroidery work which uses varieties of gold threads, spangles, beads, seed pearls, wire, and gota. Originally used to embellish the robes worn by Kings, now adorns our wedding outfits, coats, cushions, curtains, bags, purses, belts, shoes and the list goes on. It is usually done on heavy silk, velvet and satin with stitches like salma-sitara, gijai, badla and katori. Jaipur, Calcutta, Banaras, Agra, and Surat are famous for this work.

Agra’s Zardozi is very unique art of embroidery in three dimensions. The artist first makes free hand sketches of the subject. Then he embroiders in cotton threads over and over till he gets the required thickness and movements. Finally the artists takes fibre from silk threads, twists then together in the shades required for and embroiders with them the particular piece. In the process he creates original unparallel work of art. Read more here.

This velvet evening bag was handmade by an artisan group in Agra, India. This group contributes to sustainable development, income and protects the rights of marginalized artisans.


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