Embroidered tinsel sarees are found in few ethnic groups of western India which might include Rabris and Sodha Rajputs. The unique features of these sarees include their texture, metallic thread work and three dimensional appearances. These sarees might be made in many styles. The ends of the saree could glitter with strands of gold threads. There are embroidered tinsel sarees where precious stones and pearls are incorporated in the design patterns of the saree. Both pastel shades and dark colours are used in this saree.
Popular versions of Embroidered tinsel sarees like balla tinsel and khari sarees are cheaper to buy. Some of these sarees are done elaborately for brides. Such sarees are found in many shades and tones of the colour spectrum. Embroidered tinsel sarees are available in rich and attractive colours. The zari threads used in these sarees are mostly obtained from places like Surat and Varanasi. Metallic bars are pulled out into thin wires from which these Embroidered tinsel sarees are done. These sarees are very popular in Gujarat.
Cheaper versions of Embroidered tinsel sarees have common metals dipped in gold or silver instead of using pure or silver threads. These sarees have zari threads as base on which the embroidery is spread out. These embroideries are also known as Salma Sitara embroidery. Kora refers to dull zari threads while chikna refers to shiny zari threads. Bandhini spots adorn these saree in many cases. These sarees are also available in block printed patterns. What was once worn by women of opulent families is now worn by even the less to do women.