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THIS imperial embroidery art travelled from Persia to Lucknow under royal patronage!

A part of the regal aura of rulers, be it of Emperor Akbar, Nawab Wajid Ali Khan or Queen Elizabeth II, is maintained by their opulent outfits often adorned with unique embroidery. Owing to these aesthetic demands, several traditions of embroidery received patronage from the royals in India. One among these is Zardozi, an embroidery art that flourished under the aegis of the nawabs of Lucknow, for which this city has received a GI tag from the Government of India. Let's explore the nuances of Zardozi, as we trace its trails from Iran to India!

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