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Gota Patti: A Rajasthani delight

By Ruchi Garg, 10/01/2015 - 09:42
Gota Patti: A Rajasthani delight

My love affair with gota patti began nearly ten years back, during my first ever visit to Jaipur. I happened to visit around the festival of Teej, and the streets of the capital of Rajasthan had come alive with a riot of colours. The shops were bursting at the seams with wares, and with shoppers. As I strolled down the famous Johari Bazar, I was enthralled by the display windows of saree shops, and the gota patti work became an instant favourite of mine.

In modern parlance, gota patti can best be described as an appliqué craft. Skilled artists cut out small leaf-like (usually rhomboid) shapes of silver, or gold coloured gota. Their leaf-like shape gives them the name of Patti (Hindi for leaf). These gota pieces are then pasted or sewn onto pieces of fabric in pre-traced patterns.

The process of stitching gota on the fabric is called Takayi. Most popular motifs made from gota leaves include peacocks, paisleys, flowers and geometric patterns. Artisans use threads of different types and colours to sew these leaves, to create stunning visual effects.

You will usually fond gota patti work sarees in fabrics like georgette and chiffon. The semi-transparent look of these fabrics lends itself well to the rich look of this embellishment. The fabric is often dyed in the traditional bandhini (tie and dye) patterns, and gota patti is extremely complementing to this style.

When out shopping for gota patti work, you can find varies degrees of bling. Apart from saree colours, and the intricacy and volume of the gota work, most stores will give you options of added embellishments. One such option is kundan work. Small pieces of coloured or white glass are used to enhance the gota patterns, making the saree richer, heavier, and more suited to heavy-duty occasions! You will also find small patterns of thread embroidery, with gota patti used as an accentuating feature.

Gota patti is delicate work, and you should take extra care for buying as well as maintaining these sarees. Remember, the gota leaves are very small pieces that have been individually pasted or sewn on the fabric. Shoddily-done gota work can be easily detected through the following telltales:

  1. Visible traces of glue around gota leaves
  2. Untidily sewn leaves
  3. Inadequately sewn leaves: you will find them hanging loose and ready to fall off
  4. Blank spaces in patterns

While storing these sarees too, you will need to remember similar cautions. You don’t want to do anything to make the gota pieces start falling off your saree! The following tips may prove useful:

  1. Have these sarees dry cleaned, and ask your dry cleaner to take extra care
  2. While putting them on hangers, fold the sarees with the outer surface in, so the gota leaves do not get dislodged while putting/removing the saree from the hanger, or by rubbing with other garments
  3. Take care to prevent your bangles or other jewellery rubbing against the saree

Use these tips to enjoy your gota pattis, and go dazzle your next party with a burst of colour and style!  And don't forget to checkout these heavily discounted Gota Patti sarees at Once Again: https://onceagain.club/products?search_api_views_fulltext=Gota+Patti