This is a Yorkshire World Collections object, one of 100 chosen by young people aged 16-24, as part of the London Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.
Zardozi Robe designed by Pakistan fashion designer Sehyr Saigol.
Zardozi is made up of two Persian words, Zar meaning gold and Dozi meaning embroidery. A Persian embroidery form, Zardosi attained its summit in the 17th Century, under the patronage of Mughal Emperor Akbar. Under the later rule of Aurangzeb, this patronage stopped and led to a decline of the craft. Since the cost was high and raw materials quite rare, craftsmen could not carry on with the embroidery on their own.
Modern Zardozi embroidery uses gold and silver thread, and sometimes pearls and
precious stones. Cheaper modern versions of Zardozi use synthetic
metallic thread and imitation stones, such as fake pearls and crystals.