A bischt is a dark, semi-transparent, hand-embroidered robe that is worn by men on special occasions. Zari, gold braiding, is made from thread dyed gold or soaked in gold water, usually imported from Switzerland. The thread is stitched by hand, and when finished, hammered so the threads become fused.

Sewing machines were used to sew and repair family clothes. One hand turned a crank, while the other guided the fabric beneath the needle. Fabrics were usually imported from India.






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