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A Few old Parsi Saris —Garaas

Not every embroidered sari worn by a Parsi lady is a Garaa. Garaas, generally called ‘old Parsi Saris’ are special hand embroidered  5 yards of  Chinese Silk, brought from China to India by the Parsi traders and worn as Saris.

These embroidery motifs were often representations of either Chinese village scenes or the emblems of good luck in the Chinese culture or simply floral.

A few pictures of some of the more stunning embroideries copied from the original Garaas on more modern cloth tell the whole story:

FLORAL EMBROIDERY :

GARAAS- OLD PARSI SARIS Multicolour

Garas---old Parsi Saris
 Red.  another favoured colour

Garas---old Parsi Saris  red again.

GARAAS- OLD PARSI SARIS

in blue.

FLORAL WITH GRAPHIC MOTIFS:

Garas---old Parsi Saris
with graphic design, fire

Garas---old Parsi Saris

 graphic leaves

Garas---old Parsi Saris

with doves and border with Pheasants.

STORKS:

Garas---old Parsi Saris

Garas---old Parsi Saris

Garas---old Parsi Saris with the Phoenix

PHEASANTS in EMBROIDERY:

garaas- old parsi saris
Pheasants and floral Garaa draped the Parsi way with the long blouse and full sleeves of 19th and early 20th Century. 

Garas---old Parsi Saris

Garas---old Parsi Saris

Pheasants and floral vines on Black in fine, multicolored embroidery.Perhaps the most envied possession.Garas---old Parsi Saris

Roosters and hens (Parsi women had nicknamed this design “Marga-Batka”).

The pictures above are of copies of the original Garaas on modern day cloth and machine embroidered.

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