Exceptional embroidered peacock vintage evening bag, using silk, metallic threads and semi precious stones, in the zardozi tradition, creating a 3D effect. Own a piece of art, an heirloom to be passed on to the next generation.
Zardozi is from the Persian and means "gold thread" . It is an elaborate art of multidimensional embroidery using gold and silver threads and embellished with precious stones. Zardozi had its origins in Persia and was introduced into India by the ruling Mughals in the early 16th century. It was used mainly to adorn the robes of the royal families. The city of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, was the seat of the Mughal Empire and it remains a center for traditional handicrafts that had flourished under the Mughal patronage. Today, over 15,000 craftsmen still practice the craft in the city of Agra, making elaborate zardozi purses, belts, tapestries, jewelry boxes and garments.
Heavily embroidered flowers in rose gold color silk and grey/silver silk, with vivid cobalt blue peacocks with silver/gold wings, raised, almost 3D effect. Vintage zardozi piece, perhaps 20 years old.
Such precise, clean and graceful lines! Just look at the amazing eye of the peacock. Made by a master craftsman in the historic city of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.
Measures 13 inches at base, height of 5 to 5.5 inches. Width of 2 inches.
Two interior pouches to organize your contents.
Two magnetic snap closures to keep your contents secure.
There is very gentle wear of the velour at the edges, but the piece is so captivating, that no one will notice. I can provide additional photos if requested.
The peacock, symbol of royalty, elegance and beauty, is the national bird of India.