Sequin fabric is a type of fabric covered with plastic or metal-shaped pieces. It is also commonly referred to as 'sequence fabric', though the only right term is 'sequin'. Sequins change in size, shape, and color. They can be glossy or matt, reversible, or one-sided.
In costuming, sequins have a center hole, while spangles have a hole found at the top. Paillettes are typically very wide and flat. Sequins may be stitched flat to the fabric, so they do not move, and are less prone to fall off; or they may be sewed at only one point, so they dangle and move easily, getting more light. Some sequins are made with many facets, to increase their reflective ability.
The Sequin sarees originated from the Middle East and the Mediterranean countries. The sequins were initially used on shoes, bags, and fabrics for a rich look. Following it grew to be a part of decorations on the fabric. The word Sequin was derived from the Arabic word "Sikka" which means coins. In the 13th century, people produced coins known as "zecchinos" in Venice and French adapted the word "sequins" from these coins indicating molded coins. The sequins are essentially round glittery ornamental pieces used to decorate the fabric. The sequined sarees are famous nowadays as these give a glossy, shiny, glittery, and rich look and can be worn for both special party nights and also ethnic functions. The sequin work is usually done on the border or the lower part of the saree. Nowadays it's become famous and made as a full sequin saree.
The features of the sequin sarees are limited, though; the look it projects is totally exceptional! There are a variety of designs available for sequin sarees and they can be designed according to the occasion.
The designs on the fabric vary with color and fabric.
The silk can be designed with heavy work including zari, beads work, and mirror work, whereas, the plain sequins also look stunning.
The sequined saree is rich and gorgeous by appearance, though, it is considered to be a high-maintenance saree.