Before you invest your hard-earned money in a luxury handloom zari Kota saree, here are 5 ways to test zari to identify real zari, avoid fake zari, and purchase only superior quality real zari sarees.
The kasauti test
Like real gold, rubbing real gold zari on a kasauti or natural obsidian leaves behind a trace of gold. Fake zari is unable to do so.
The touch test
Fake zari is stiff, real zari is soft and pliable.
The scratch test
When scratched, fake zari disintegrates, real zari is metallic, and hence resistant to scratches.
The nitric acid test
Unlike real zari, any traces of fake zari left behind on a kasauti, dissolve with a few drops of nitric acid.
The burn test
Fake zari can be burned, real zari cannot.