Cutwork – In cutwork, small open areas are left, sometimes with connecting threads. There are many types of cutworks such as Spanish cutwork, Venetian cutwork, Renaissance cutwork etc.
Applique work – This work is mostly done in Orissa and Rajasthan. In the Applique work, a piece of cloth is sewn over another to make various designs.
Fabric painting – When doing fabric painting on sarees, acrylic based colors are used to make motifs. Cloths like silk and cotton are preferred over other fabrics to do fabric painting. It is also done on bedcovers, curtains, pillow cases etc.
Zardosi work – Zardosi work is mostly done on satin, velvet and other heavy fabrics. Golden threads are used with metal wire embroidery to make patterns on the saree. In earlier times, real gold thread was used instead of metal threads.
Lucknow work – Lucknow work is popularly called Chikan work. In this type of work, stitches are used in a variety of ways to form different patterns. The work is done on the back side of the cloth so that the stitches are formed at the front.
Lace – Lace is also used in sarees, mostly to form the border. Lace can be stitched onto the sides of the saree to create a border.
Crystal work – Crystals of different shapes and sizes are also used in sarees