Rajasthani Gota Patti Work

July 25, 2016 21 comments

Gota Patti Salwar Kameez

About Gota Patti

Today I’m sharing something a little traditional. Gota patti work is native to my ancestral state of Rajasthan, India. Gold appliqué pieces of ribbon are cut into little shapes and formed into various patterns to create what is known as gota patti work. You can see the work below on the top of my blouse and around the cuffs. The work can be used all over for an elaborate outfit or in a more minimalist way. It brings a pop of color and a sparkle to this ethnic look.

Real gold and silver were originally used to create the small pieces, but have since been replaced by inexpensive and more durable materials that resist moisture and do not tarnish over time. As the designs are often traced upon the fabric and then the pieces sewn on, the process can be time consuming. The designs can look rich and heavy, but are actually lightweight to wear. You’ll often find patterns inspired by nature like flowers, birds, leaves or elephants.

Gota Patti Salwar Kameez

Gota Patti Salwar Kameez

Gota Patti Salwar Kameez

Gota Patti Salwar KameezAside from the gota patti work, I also love the two tones of pink in this dress as well as the hi/lo blouse and bell bottom pants. With its bright colors and totally twirlable fabric, the dress is perfect for a South Asian mendhi (a ladies party for the bride-to-be with dancing and henna). I wore this to a mendhi in St. Louis and the light fabric kept me cool in these crazy hot temperatures.

I purchased this dress at Miraangi Jaipur, a modern boutique where you can find more than 200 designers under one roof located in Jaipur, Rajasthan. I highly recommend stopping by this shop if you need to stock up on affordable, yet fashionable party wear for the wedding season.

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