So were are now going to bring you embroidery used on Indian wedding wear from various parts of India. The first try of embroidery that we will be showcasing is Gota work that is a form of metal embroidery which originated in Rajasthan. It is crafted using appliqué technique with a strip of gold or silver or various other coloured ribbons of different widths woven in a satin or twill weave. It involves placing woven gold cloth onto fabrics such as georgette or bandhini to create different surface textures.
Originally real gold and silver metals were used to embroider but were eventually replaced by copper coated with silver as the genuine way of making it was very expensive. Now a days there are even more inexpensive options available. The copper has been replaced by polyester film which is further metalized and coated to suit requirements. This is known as Plastic Gota and is highly durable as it has a good resistance to moisture and does not tarnish as opposed to metal based Gota.
The process is lengthy and time consuming. The first step is to trace the design on the fabric. This is done by placing a tracing paper with the design on it on the fabric and spreading a paste of chalk powder over it. This traces the design on the fabric. Depending on the design, the Gota is cut and folded into various shapes. It is then appliquéd by hemming or back stitching it on the fabric.
Attractive patterns which are specific to the region and each motif has its own distinguishing name. The motifs usually inspired by nature and comprise of flowers, leaves and birds or animals such as peacocks, parrots and elephants. Gota creates a rich and heavy look but is yet light to wear.
In Rajasthan, outfits with Gota work are worn at auspicious functions. It is generally done on dupattas, turban edges and ghagras. This one is a must have and we specially recommend it for the bride to wear to her Mehendi function as this form of embroidery is very vibrant and looks lively on colours such as pinks, reds and greens which are associated with Mehendi. Stay tuned for more posts on embroidery used on Indian wedding wear.