Ahmedabad is located on the banks of Sabarmati River. It is the largest city of Gujarat and has witnessed the rule of many dynasties, right from the Sultanate and Mughal rule to Maratha and British rule. There is a remarkable tale associated with the Ahmedabad city. At the beginning of fifteenth century, the Muslim Muzaffarid dynasty was ruling the Gujarat state. Once king Sultan Ahmed Shah was standing and enjoying the beautiful sight of River Sabarmati and he observed a small hare chasing a big ferocious dog. He keeps on thinking about that incident and he approached a spiritual leader for explanation. Then he explained that it is the individuality of this holy land, which develops such rare qualities in its people. The king Sultan got so impressed with the uniqueness of this land and set up the capital of Gujarat on 4th march 1411, hence the name Ahmedabad. Where as in 1960s, the capital changed to the well planned city of Gandhinagar. River Sabarmati divided Ahmedabad in to eastern and western regions. Ahmedabad has developed as one of the important centers of trade and textile manufacturing and it is the second largest cotton producer in India.
Aari Zardozi is a form of embroidery, originated from Persia where as “zar” means gold and “dozi” means embroidery. Mughal conquerors introduced this heavy and unique style of hand embroidery to India. In the Mughal era, Aari Zardozi works were used to decorate tent walls in the form of wall-hangings as well as an accessories for royal elephants and horses. Various styles of hand embroideries are handed down from generation to generation. Aari Zardozi works differs from other traditional embroideries like Chikankari, Sujni, Kantha, Kasuti, Toda and Mirror embroidery etc. The Muslim communities residing in India initially executed Aari Zardozi work. These Aari Zardozi designs varies from place to place.
Artisan Mr.Shahid Ansari from Ahmedabad, who got this unique skill from his forefathers, practices from past 22 years. Previously he was making zardozi designs for bridal collections and also for some showroom order works later on the invention of Computer designs and machine embroidery affected much on these craft people. Then he thought to give new vision to Aari zardozi artwork and he started to make embroidery of famous monuments of India.