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Vintage Indian Zardozi Embroidered Blouse

70.00 AUD

The intricate ‘Zardozi’ embroidery on this gorgeous crushed blue top was once used to embellish the getups of Indian kings and royals. No surprises that it makes you feel like an absolute queen.

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There I was, in the middle of Mumbai’s chaotic, 150-year-old Chor Bazaar or “thieves’ market” in the thick of the Muslim enclave of South Mumbai. I was making my way through the maze of crowded, narrow lanes lined with stalls and wooden carts heaving with antiques, curios and vintage bric-a-brac, when I saw it.

“Very special. You like?” came a voice from the ether as I pull a stunning blue crushed silk and elaborately gold embroidered blouse out from under a pile of dusty treasures. The withered stallholder told me the intricate embroidery, called Zardozi, was once used to embellish the getups of Indian kings and royals, and to adorn the walls of the their tents, wall hangings, and the dressings of their elephants and horses.

That was it; I had to have it. And now, you have to have it. Paired with some gold earrings and a black palazzo pant, it’ll make you feel like an absolute queen.

Condition: Very good; a few small stains and loose threads due to age
Material: Crushed silk with cotton lining; dry clean only
Size: S (approximate dimensions: shoulder width 44cm x length 65cm)

Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.




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