Gujarati brocade sarees are interwoven with rich traditional and advanced designs. These sarees are the representation of affluent cultural heritage. The Gujarati brocade sarees are distinguishable for their excellent designs that give them a separate characteristic.
Although there have been recent attempts to revive the Gujarati brocade silk saree industry which once thrived in Surat and Ahmedabad, today it is virtually extinct. The distinct feature of this particular type of saree is the design. These old brocades had such distinguishing characteristics as buti that are woven into the field in the warp direction instead of the weft. This makes the designs lie horizontally instead of vertically on the saree when it is draped. The floral designs are often woven in coloured silks against a golden ground fabric. The Gujarati brocade sarees usually incorporate leaves, flowers and stems outlined by a fine dark line. Moreover, intricately woven silken patterns were embedded into the gold surface. This work is done with the usage of a huge variation of colours and is known as `meenakari`.
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