Vark

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Indian sweets garnished with vark

Vark is a super fine filigree foil sheet of pure metals. It is usually made of silver but sometimes gold.[1] It is used to decorate South Asian sweets and food. It is also placed on saffroned rice to make it look more appetising.[2][3][4] The silver and gold are edible and flavorless. Varak is made by pounding silver into sheets a few micrometres (μm) thick.[5] It breaks easily into smaller pieces if touched. Vark sheets are laid or rolled over some South Asian sweets, confectionery, dry fruits and spices.[6][2]

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