My 2nd entry to the Incredible India International Cake Collaboration (Web Contest ) – States of India
My chosen state is Gujrat and I have tried to recreate the rare and artistic work of the weavers of Gujrat.
I take the opportunity to use edible art to highlight the ancestral art of the weavers of Gujrat, the ancient art of bridal finery exclusive to the Gujrati bride – The Gharchola and the Panetar- two types of sarees worn by the Bride from Gujrat.
The majestic elegance of the panetar and gharchola is breathtaking.
The gharchola is a sari that the bride receives from her inlaws. The weaving technique of the gharchola originates from the region around Khambat in southern Gujarat. Gharcholas are first woven by using silk and zari thread and are then later embellished by bandhani work.
The gharcola comes in a grid pattern that is dyed in red. The borders of each grid is in zari.The bandhani in the center of each grid is styled around various themes of peacocks, floral patterns, or religious references.
Families may choose any decorated style of gharchola, though they tend to have symbolic meaning in the family, it is common for the bride to wear a gharchola chunni over her head and shoulder to symbolize her movement from one family to another.
The panetar is an important aspect of the wedding ritual. The panetar sari is a gift by the bride’s maternal uncle. The bride wears the panetar at the beginning of the wedding and then gharchola at the end of the wedding ceremony.
The paneter is an unique silk sari or chenia choli with with a white body and red/green border. The plain white body is woven in Gajji silk with linear stripes or checks in gold zari.
It was a joy creating this piece for GSARN Incredible India -Web Contest.
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