Gara Work
A gara is a sari traditionally worn on special occasions by the Zoroastrian Parsi and Irani women from India.

Parsi Embroidery, a unique part of India's diverse textile heritage, has its roots in Iran but with time drew influences from European, Chinese, Persian and Indian culture. These intricate garas are influenced by Persian styled motifs of peacocks, fruits, flowers and birds. The rich gara Embroidery, originally considered a Parsi family's heirloom, has become a rare, collector's item because of the intricate work and beauty. Embroidering a gara takes several months, depending on the intricacy, fineness and elaborateness of the design and buying a Gara is likened to buying a Piece of jewellery. Some garas may be valued at US$15,000 The gara sari is defined by its fine embroidery and elegance. The concept has come to be known as Parsi embroidery and we were surprised to find the number of fashion-houses that use the terms 'Parsi embroidery' or 'Parsi embroidered'. It would seem everyone but Zoroastrians recognize this contribution to fashion elegance - a contribution that has come about by a unique fusion of fashion and culture from along the Silk Roads.

The word gara (also ghara) apparently stems from the Gujarati word for a sari, but which has now come to mean a particular Indian Zoroastrian (Parsi or Irani) style sari. A separate border strip that can be sown on to a base fabric is called a kor. The kor being more durable, can be removed and placed on another base sari if the original wears out.