Parsi embroidery work had become an extinct handicraft, until recently, when this exquisite and delicate form of embroidery became popular. Parsi Zoroastrian embroidery, particularly in the form of ‘Gara’ sarees, has become an intrinsic part of Indian textile heritage that has its origins in Iran during the early Bronze Age. In later years, this craft underwent the influences of Chinese, Persian, Indian and European heritage.
The embroidery depicts nature in a woven form: from Peonies, Lotus, Lilies, Bamboo, Cherry blossoms and other trees and flowers to beautiful birds, pagodas, huts and human figurines- Parsi work encompasses the world in all. Each motif in this embroidery has an intrinsic message. For instance, the chrysanthemums are symbolic of spring and joyousness. There is a beautiful interweaving of bright and pastel hues that make Parsi work a treat for the eyes.
Tussar silk (alternatively spelled as tussah, tushar, tassar, tussore, tasar, tussur, tusser and also known as (Sanskrit) kosa silk) is produced from larvae of several species of silkworms belonging to the moth genus Antheraea.