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Glossary

Applique work - the art of embellishing a fabric or article of clothing with other pieces of fabric sewn on with concealed or decorative stitches or glued; also used to create designs with braid, ribbons and other trimmings.

Badla Work - Embroidery done using flattened silver wire.

Batik - Indonesian word for a cloth that traditionally uses resist-dyeing technique with wax used as a resist. It is found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Nigeria, Japan, China, Azerbaijan, and Egypt.

Bhandhini - Type of tie die popular from states of Rajastan and Gujarat in India.

Block prints - Printing a repeat pattern using a design carved from a block of wood.

Brocade - Rich decorative woven fabric.

Buta / Buti / Booti - a motif design that is embroidered or block printed and repeated all over the fabric.

Choli - Short fitted blouse worn by women under the Saree.

Churidar - Close fitted pants with folds from mid-calf to ankles worn by Indian and Pakistani men and women.

Chunni - Shawl worn by women with shalwar khameez or ghagra.

Chunri - Red bridal veil worn by the Mughal women.

Crepe Silk - Woven silk fabric, lustrous and soft to touch. Has a smooth flow and drapes well.

Cut Work Embroidery - Embroidery where portions of the background fabric are cut out and discarded and edges have buttonhole finish.

Dupatta - Long Shawl of 2 to 2.5 meters worn by women with salwar kameez, draped around both shoulders and hanging down across the chest.

Gharara - A women's dress consisting of knee length Tunic (Kurti), a flared culotte like trousers and dupatta.

Ghaghara - Flared full length gathered drawstring skirt.

Half Sari - long material measuring 2.5 meters that drapes around Pavadai over the back and cover the chest worn by young girls in South India.

Jaal - Embroidery or Print all over the fabric.

Kameez / Kamiz - Long loose tunic worn by women in India and Pakistan.

Kurti - Feminine version of a Kurta.

Pallu - The decorated end of Sari with heavy distinct decoration from the rest of the sari.

Salwar / Shalwar - Loose drawstring trousers tapered at ankle worn by men and women in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.