Indian embroidery has long been admired in every form that you can think of. Today, in our article we are going to explore one of the most cherished skill that Indian craftsmen bring to fabrics to truly make them unique, giving them that exceptional class and appeal. Yes, it is Gota Patti work we are talking about.
Gota Patti (also, known as Lappe ka kaam) - A type of Indian embroidery which has its origin in the state of Rajasthan, India. The cities of Jaipur, Udaipur, Bikaner, Ajmer and Kota are the epicentre of exclusively tailored Gota work.
Did you know, Gota work originated from a form of mugal court embroidery? It was quite predominant during the Mughal period and was used to decorate almost everything. From bed spreads to clothes, to bags, and home upholstery. Gota work was used as a common form of embellishment.
The Gota Patti work is a time consuming and intricate process. Initially, the process starts with tying the base fabric to four thick cords of wooden frame known as “Khaat”. The craftsman then begins to trace a design on the fabric using a tracing paper and chalk powder paste.
See yourself how an artist work on "Khaat"
Now, based on the design, the Gota (zari ribbon) is cut and folded into decorative shapes and motifs like flowers, leaves, birds, animals and geometric patterns. These small pieces of zari ribbon are then back-stitched and hemmed onto the fabric. The width of the ribbon can vary depending on the design requirement. Beads and special cut stones are also used to enhance and give the fabric a fine finish.
The Gota embroidery work uses the applique techniques with metals like gold, silver, copper etc. These days, metalized and coated polyester film is also used according to the design that has to be interwoven with the cloth. Some of the most common fabrics used for Gota work are chiffon, georgette, silk. In order to give greater depth to these light weight fabrics, Gota work is used in the form of heavy and decorative borders.
Women love wearing this feminine, bright and versatile embroidery Gota work outfits for auspicious celebrations and is very popular during weddings.
One can also find fine Gota work on mesh cloth and fabric giving it a more vintage appeal. As for the fabric care, hand-wash or a delicate machine wash cycle is recommended for clothes with Gota work.
Apart from apparels, Gota work is also widely found on cushion covers, bed sheets, jhola bags (Sling bags), ethnic clutches, shoes, house hold accessories and rugs. These pieces of artistry have become very popular over the last few years and continue to sway traditional Indian fashion by hikes.
These unique styles of embroidery have made their mark in keeping the traditional Indian couture sparkling. Even today, several tourists from all around the world, have in their bucket list to visit Rajasthan and shop for these pure ethnic bling!!
Handmade cushion covers with Gota Patti work on Silk will be available soon on Gauri Arts