Badla work involves beating gold or silver sheets and cutting fine wires of desired size from them known as -badla’. This wire is then inserted into the fabric and beaten into desired shapes with a hammer. Plain wire is -badla’, thread wound around it is the -kasav’. If there are spangles they are called -sitara’ whereas if they are mere dots, then they are referred to as Makaiash. All these are meant to adorn the fabric tastefully. Badla work has different forms from basic and lacking much ornamentation to very heavy and rich work. A traditional art since Mughal times, it has its roots in the North of India, with concentration in places like Bareilly, Delhi and Lucknow. Badla work has been used in traditional wear as well as fashion wear especially in bridal costumes and wedding dresses. Real silver and gold threads have slowly given way to polished threads of their colour.
The fascinating pastel green Jaipuri Silk salwar kamiz has multi-colour floral Phulkari and Badla work on the Jaipuri Silk kamiz with multi-colour patch border. The pastel green plain salwar and the pastel green and pink chiffon chunni to go with it makes it an exquisite salwar kameez piece. It would be very apt for parties and weddings, festivals and traditional occasions, office functions and social events. The fresh look cream and Tussar silk embroidery neck salwar kameez has red, green and zari embroidery on a beautiful neck portion of the cream coloured kameez with large floral bootis at the lower end in red, green and zari embroidery. The salwar is a beautiful contrast of plain fancy green silk. The chiffon chunni in green with floral butta at one end with badla work completes the exquisite piece. This salwar suit would be very nice for various occasions like parties, weddings, festivals and social invites. The red and green badla work salwar kameez with beautiful neck portion of the cream coloured floral bootis on salwar. The salwar has got beautiful badla work with fancy contrast of plain green silk. The bright dazzling turmeric yellow badla work salwar kamiz has lotus embroidered with zardozi all over the kameez with a green patch border. The yellow plain cotton salwar with badla work pinkish red chunni with green and blue plain borders complete the stylish picture. This salwar suit would do very well for parties, weddings, events, festivals, social functions.
The green and white combination salwar kamiz with badla work on salwar suits. The attractive pale green and yellow color salwar kamiz adorn to the women. The soft light brown and brownish orange cotton salwar kamiz has beautiful brownish orange jacquard weave flowers on the light brown kameez with light floral design. The brownish orange salwar has white block prints on it. The light brown and brownish orange chiffon chunni with light prints completes an elegant picture. A very elegant piece for office, functions, festivals and traditional occasions.