Gota is a type of embroidery originating from Rajasthan, India. It uses the applique technique. There is surplus demand of this embroidery in Sarees, dresses. Turbans, dupattas etc. and also wedding wears. Gota is a gold and silver lace from Lucknow, India. This embroidery is used on georgette, crepe and silk. The concept of the Gota (ribbon) was in gold and silk, but due to the expensive work it was later done with copper coated with silver and later to polyester film.
The embroidery being intricate follows a lengthy process and is time consuming. The process begins with tracing the design on the fabric and then cutting the gota in the traced shape. It is then appliqued by hemming or back stitching it on the fabric.
The motifs of Gota embroidery are specific to the region. most of the motifs are inspired by nature, birds, flowers, peacock, parrots and elephants. Gota is gives a rich and royale look to any garment and is yet very light to carry.
The Gota embroidery looks rich and is usually worn on auspicious occasions. The designs are delicate and very detailed. There are a number of types in Gota,s such as Sikhiya gotta, Chaumasa, Panchmasa, Athmasa, Lappa, Thappa, Gokhru, Lehru Gotta, Nakshi, Bijbel, Bijiya, Chiru, Kiran