Subscribe for Newsletters and Discounts
Be the first to receive our thoughtfully written
religious articles and product discounts.
Your interests (Optional)
This will help us make recommendations and send discounts and sale information at times.
By registering, you may receive account related information, our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
.
By subscribing, you will receive our email newsletters and product updates, no more than twice a month. All emails will be sent by Exotic India using the email address info@exoticindia.com.

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.
|6
Your Cart (0)
Share our website with your friends.
Email this page to a friend
Textiles > Saris > Algiers Blue Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Work
Displaying 477 of 525         Previous  |  NextSubscribe to our newsletter and discounts
Algiers Blue Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Work

Algiers Blue Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Work

Algiers Blue Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Work

Availability:
Only One in stock
Exclusive
Specifications:

Pure Crepe Silk

Blouse/Underskirt Tailormade to Size
Item Code:
SAI27
Price:
$440.00   Shipping Free - 4 to 6 days

          

          
Click on "Add to Cart" to submit measurements and specifications
Add to Wishlist
Send as e-card
Send as free online greeting card
Algiers Blue Sari from Kashmir with Sozni Work

Verify the characters on the left

From:
Edit     
You will be informed as and when your card is viewed. Please note that your card will be active in the system for 30 days.

Viewed 13348 times since 16th Oct, 2012
This length of pure crepe silk in bright blue classed in textile domain as Algiers blue, the colour that the waters of the Mediterranean coast around the Algerian capital Algiers have, has been transformed by the skilled hands of Kashmiri artisans into a sari with such magnificence as a loom might hardly claim to have ever woven, and not many women, to have ever worn. This piece of ensemble presents a strange synthesis : its ethnic character and every distinction from India, colour, from Algiers, needle-work responsible for its incarnation as sari from Kashmir, and its craze, a world-wide phenomenon, at least among Indian women, from its rare grace, gorgeous look and ability to have enormously diverse forms some revealing regional distinctions and ethnicity as reveals this sari the character and distinction of Kashmir.

The rare sheen that the rich blue of this piece radiates has reflections of the lustrous blue waters that the Mediterranean Sea has around the Algiers coast. Perhaps the gold-like glowing sun, bright but neither too hot nor too cold or enfeebled, and the reflection of the city’s towering white buildings – Algiers’ exclusive colour for its architecture, blended with the colour of coastal waters, create an altogether different magic of blue as the Mediterranean Sea, or any sea, does not create anywhere else. It is to witness this glory of the blue, surging along the rise and fall of the sea-waves, that the tourists visiting Algeria throng the Algiers coast round the year. This sari seems to have gathered that multi-layered lustre and all its magic from these coastal waters as also the name ‘Algiers blue’ for its dye.

Though embroidered partially, only border and palla or the end-part, the sari’s Kashmiri identity appropriately reveals in the needle-work’s neatness, fine stitches and intricate patterning, all by hands. Kashmir is not otherwise a sari, or even a related textile or yarn producing centre, nor it is a Kashmiri woman’s regular wear, it is the fine intricate needle-work, known in the textile tradition as sozni, that transforms a textile length into a Kashmiri sari. Ordinarily, the term ‘sozni’ means just the ‘needle-work’ – the work by ‘sozn’, a Persian term for needle. Different from what the term ‘sozni’, now almost rigidified for finest kind of needle-work, stands for, sozni does not refer to any particular kind of stitch or to any particular kind of design pattern or scheme. Contrarily, any kind of needle work which is exceptionally fine and is endowed with great perfection, flawless finish, elegance and the highest quality of workmanship classes as sozni. If anything, great amount of patience, practice and period of time, such as Kashmiri artisans confined within the four walls of their houses for the most months of the year due to adverse climate more naturally have, define sozni.

Perhaps to let the magic of its lustrous dye work uninterrupted the designer preferred a plain field except a one-and-a-half inch wide border. The border consists broadly of three parts : a base-line conceived with a course of tiny angles, inverted and upward, alternating, the arms of one entwined with the other forming a zigzag line; a fine bel – creeper, with three tiny plant motifs intermittently rising out of it; and, a five-petalled flower-motif alternating the three-plant motif. On wider side the border has on its outer edge a bel identical to that on its inside except that here a single plant motif replaces the three-plant motif. The palla, inside it, about four feet wide, has been adorned with diversely conceived design-motifs, some quite broad and some with a hair’s fineness and dimensions. The main design motif : two pairs of elongated Paisleys with apexes forked to create an arabesque-type form, diagonally opposed to each other – a design-motif more usual in Jamawar lengths, defines its centre. The four repeats of another exceptionally fine and vividly conceived and embroidered motif cover the recesses that the main motif creates on four sides. For adorning four corners and spaces in between them on wider and longer sides the embroiderer has used the repeats of a set of diversely conceived motifs some of them being transforms of Paisleys, butah, bels, flowers, plants …

This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of ancient Indian literature. Dr Daljeet is the chief curator of the Visual Arts Gallery at the National Museum of India, New Delhi. They have both collaborated on numerous books on Indian art and culture.

Post a Comment
 
Post Review
Post a Query
For privacy concerns, please view our Privacy Policy

Related Items

Tusha Stole from Kashmir with Sozni Hand-Embroidered Maple Leaves
Tusha Stole from Kashmir with Sozni Hand-Embroidered Maple Leaves
Pure Wool
6.8 ft x 2.3 ft
Item Code: SWF95
$95.00
Color:
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Alabaster-Gleam Salwar Kameez Fabric from Kashmir with Sozni Hand-Embroidered Maple Leaves
Pure Crepe Silk
Tailormade to Size
Item Code: SMJ35
$395.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Ocean-Wave Tusha Salwar Kameez Fabric from Kashmir with Sozni Hand-Embroidery All-Over
Pure Wool
Tailormade to Size
Item Code: SMJ55
$210.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Raspberry-Rose Sozni Hand-Embroidered Tusha Salwar Kameez Fabric from Kashmir
Pure Wool
Tailormade to Size
Item Code: SMJ48
$195.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now
Classic-Blue Tusha Salwar Kameez Fabric from Kashmir with Sozni-Embroidery by Hand
Pure Wool
Tailormade to Size
Item Code: SMJ31
$210.00
Add to Cart
Buy Now

Testimonials

Very grateful for this service, of making this precious treasure of Haveli Sangeet for ThakurJi so easily in the US. Appreciate the fact that notation is provided.
Leena, USA.
The Bhairava painting I ordered by Sri Kailash Raj is excellent. I have been purchasing from Exotic India for well over a decade and am always beyond delighted with my extraordinary purchases and customer service. Thank you.
Marc, UK
I have been buying from Exotic India for years and am always pleased and excited to receive my packages. Thanks for the quality products.
Delia, USA
As ever, brilliant price and service.
Howard, UK.
The best and fastest service worldwide - I am in Australia and I put in a big order of books (14 items) on a Wednesday; it was sent on Friday and arrived at my doorstep early on Monday morning - amazing! All very securely packed in a very strong cardboard box. I have bought several times from Exotic India and the service is always exceptionally good. THANK YOU and NAMASTE!
Charles (Rudra)
I just wanted to say that this is I think my 3rd (big) order from you, and the last two times I received immaculate service, the books arrived well and it has been a very pleasant experience. Just wanted to say thanks for your efficient service.
Shantala, Belgium
Thank you so much EXOTIC INDIA for the wonderfull packaging!! I received my order today and it was gift wrapped with so much love and taste in a beautiful golden gift wrap and everything was neat and beautifully packed. Also my order came very fast... i am impressed! Besides selling fantastic items, you provide an exceptional customer service and i will surely purchase again from you! I am very glad and happy :) Thank you, Salma
Salma, Canada.
Artwork received today. Very pleased both with the product quality and speed of delivery. Many thanks for your help.
Carl, UK.
I wanted to let you know how happy we are with our framed pieces of Shree Durga and Shree Kali. Thank you and thank your framers for us. By the way, this month we offered a Puja and Yagna to the Ardhanarishwara murti we purchased from you last November. The Brahmin priest, Shree Vivek Godbol, who was visiting LA preformed the rites. He really loved our murti and thought it very paka. I am so happy to have found your site , it is very paka and trustworthy. Plus such great packing and quick shipping. Thanks for your service Vipin, it is a pleasure.
Gina, USA
My marble statue of Durga arrived today in perfect condition, it's such a beautiful statue. Thanks again for giving me a discount on it, I'm always very pleased with the items I order from you. You always have the best quality items.
Charles, Tennessee
TRUSTe
Language:
Currency:
All rights reserved. Copyright 2017 © Exotic India