Stitch by Stitch: Zakira's Wedding Dress
Spools of gold thread and wire. Simple metallic stones. Piles of white raw silk. These are just some of the tools used by the makers and artisans, who turned a bride's dream wedding dress into a reality.
To get the ideal fabric, white raw silk was used and dyed into an off-white shade for the color to create a soothing look that matched the embroidery. After the pattern master cuts the paper pattern, followed by the fabric, it goes for the embroiderer.
Dabkaa, which is the golden wires, were collected in order to hand embroider the delicate, yet intricate flowers that adorned the bride's skirt. The dabkaa and cutdana are then used to make the flowers.
The embroider starts on the embroidery outline and then starts filling the flowers and the jal with threads of shades of gold. The stones are then fixed to the fabric to give the glitz in the outfit.
The end result of the pattern was a gorgeous three-flower design that featured a range of golds, from bronze to peach rose gold. The pieces of embroiderd fabric are then stiched together.
The top of the dress featured an off-the-shoulder neckline that was adorned with a leaf pattern, which used matching Resham (the shiny thread) in the array of golds that is seen on the skirt.
The skirt was then finished off with a cancan to give a fairytale look. On the special day, the only thing that was more beautiful than the dress was the bride herself.