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Gota

  • Place of origin:

    Delhi (made)

  • Date:

    c.1855 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woven silk and silver-strip

  • Museum number:

    6241(IS)

  • Gallery location:

    South Asia, Room 41, case 11

Gota, or ribbon woven of silk and strips of silver, was made in varying widths to trim garments. Used all over South Asia, it could be plain silver or gilded silver, patterned with coloured silks, or embossed like this example. Before cheaper copper replaced silver in the 20th century, old garments with heavy gota trimming were often burned to melt down and extract the valuable metal.

Physical description

Wide length of silk and silver-strip woven ribbon (gota). Embossed with a large repeating diamond pattern, each diamond containing an alternating central patten; grided blossoms, diagonal floral scrolls, and a large stem of flowering poppies. The central diamond in the length contains a sun-like circle design. One end cut, the other finished by a band of red silk and raw fringe.

Place of Origin

Delhi (made)

Date

c.1855 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Woven silk and silver-strip

Dimensions

Width: 24 cm, Length: 190 cm

Object history note

Transferred from the India Museum in 1879. Slip book entry 607; 'Price to addded / Silver Ribbon Stamped / Delhi / 1855 / Purchased / Five pieces various widths'

Descriptive line

Length of gota (ribbon), woven silk and metal strip, embossed, Delhi, c.1855; Textiles

Labels and date

GOTA (RIBBON)
Woven silk and silver strips, embossed
Delhi
c. 1855

Gota, or ribbon woven of silk and strips of silver, was made in varying widths to trim garments. Used all over South Asia, it could be plain silver or gilded silver, patterned with coloured silks, or embossed like this example. Before cheaper copper replaced silver in the 20th century, old garments with heavy gota trimming were often burned to melt down and extract the valuable metal. [01/08/2017]

Materials

Silk thread; Metal-strip

Techniques

Woven

Categories

Textiles; India Museum

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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