Out of the abundance of ethinic Indian outfits available at Heena Kochhar, most of the items encompass Gota Patti, Dori embroidery or Ari embroidery. But, with a penchant for Gota Patti, we would like our cherished customers to cultivate an understanding of this Rajasthani Zari Embroidery. The handicraft, centuries old, was the province of royals and members of the court, made from authentic zari – actual gold and silver fiber— a gratification not available to the ordinary.
But today, with polyester and cotton blends available, it is a must have in matrimonial and festive apparel.
The history of Gota Patti, dates back to the Mughal era. Humayun in the 1500s brought back Persian Craftsmen with him to the capital, soon both cultures unified and farrowed Gota.
The first step in the intricate activity, to give you your desired traditional look, is tracing the design onto the fabric. The aforementioned is done by placing a transparent sheet with the design on the fabric and chalk powder below it. It is then traced over with pencil so the chalk masks are made on the fabric. The gota is then sewn on, cut, folded, and appliquéd onto the fabric. The “Appliqué” or “Takaayi” sewing technique, includes layering motifs or patti on the base fabric and stitching them in place by hand or machine, with the raw edges hemmed over
The Gota Patti artisans at Heena Kochhar, are Lucknow and Rajasthan originate with a rich knowledge of the art.
Gota is just one of the many representations of India’s rich heritage, expertise in the arts and the craft instinct at the roots.