Different types of Hand Work on saree

Hey guys, let’s have a look at 10 different kinds of hand work done on saree or even on any kind of Indian outfit. These different hand work done on saree or ethnic wear are as below:

1. Gota Patti Work

Gota Patti work is originated from Rajasthan, the state of royals. This work is also known as “Lappe ka kaam”. Gota is basically a zari ribbon cut into different shapes like leaf, flower, bird etc. The gota pieces are then attached on a saree with a gold or silver metal string. But due to the high price of these metals, nowadays synthetic strings are used.

Gota pati work looks highly royal and classy. It is even used to make heavy wedding lenghas and gowns which could cost to lakhs. Gota work is now loved by women of the world for the touch of royalty it gives to anything it embraces. 

Gota patti work
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2. Swarovski Work

Swarovski is polished machine cut crystals. These are very small crystals that are given sparkling touch just like a diamond. These crystals are stuck on the saree closely to form a design or a pattern. It gives a fancy and heavy look on a saree at an affordable price.

Swarovski work
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3. Kardana work

Kardana work refers to using stones/tubelights/pipes that have been cut at specific angles in order to facilitate the reflection of light. These stones are sewn into the fabric with thin threads to create different kinds of patterns and designs.

In earlier times, kardana embroidery was made by sewing the stones onto the fabric by hand, which made it an extremely time-consuming process. However, with innovations in technology, this type of embroidery is now accomplished with the help of machines that specialize in creating the desired patterns and designs. 

This embellishment makes your saree look lavish, highly party wear and increasing weight.  

Kardana work
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4. Pipe work

Pipe work is also known as tubelight work. This type of work is generally seen on the laces/borders of sarees, duppatas, lehengas, blouses, and many more. It is like a icing on a cake when added to any piece of cloth. It gives a grand and heavy look to you dress. This kind of work is also heavy in weight.

Pipe work
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5. Zardozi work

Zardozi work is a type of heavy and elaborate metal embroidery. It is basically a golden string which when stretched can turn into a simple thread. Zardozi comes from two Persia words: ‘Zar’ or ‘Zarin’ meaning ‘gold’, and dozi meaning ‘sewing’.

This work is a hand work where craftsmen sew every single string on a cloth. It is one of the beautiful and elegant looking work out there in this industry. This work is usually combined with motis, beads, gota patti, stone work, etc. This work will add richness and class to your attire.

zardozi work
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6. Resham thread work

Resham thread embroidery is done with colored silk thread. For resham embroidery, the thread or resham is used for making complex patterns. The best part of this kind of embroidery is reflected in its use for making elaborate as well as intricate patterns that can be in the form of floral pattern, paisley pattern or even other decorative pattern that features a creeper like design. The look and feel of the entire embroidery pattern on an outfit depends upon the use of resham threads.

resham work
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7. Stone work

Stone work is a very popular kind of work as it is mostly used in bridal lehengas to just make it look attractive and eye catching. This work is prominent even in evening wear and accessories. Entertainment events both in India and abroad are seeing an increase in the usage of Stone work on unique designs. Once worn by royalty only, Stone work embellished attire inspired more followers. It just gives a grand look.

stone work
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8. Mirror hand work

Mirror work is also known as shisha work. This mirror work on saree is from Rajasthan and is used since 13th century. It involves little pieces of mirror in various sizes which are encased in the decoration of the fabric first by interlacing threads and then with buttonhole stitch. Mirror work is very popular for cushion covers and bedcovers, purses and decorative hangings as well as in decorative borders in women’s salwar-kameez and sari. 

mirror work
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9. Moti/pearl work on saree

Moti work or also known as pearl work is being done since ancient times in India. Moti is basically round in shape and comes in various colors nowadays.

Pearls that come in various colours, shapes and sizes eventually began to be used as embellishments in the form of intricate embroideries in the attire of royalty in Europe, China, Russia, India and other countries. Moti work is usually combined with other forms of embroidery such as Crystals, Zari and Zardosi to give it a shimmer and elegant appeal. Moti work is currently becoming more fashionable with a lot of designers opting for this type of embroidery.

pearl work
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10. Pittan work on saree

Pittan work is the old and unique work done in India. Where ‘Pittan’ means is “beating up”. The Pittan Work is basically the traditional intricate golden or silver thread work done on fabrics such as silk, cotton and Georgette. The Pittan Work is native to Rajasthan. . This Work is basically the traditional intricate golden or silver thread work done on fabrics such as silk, cotton, and Georgette. The Pittan Work is native to Rajasthan.

pittan work
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If anyone wants to know more about the types of hand work on saree or have any other kind of query, then feel free to ask by mentioning it in the comment section.


  1. Nice Article, Knowledgable stuff right here.

  2. Priya jain says:

    Superb mam

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