Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary

Description

Bel-buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा) is the Nepali word for scroll-work embroidered on a khukri sheath.1

Bel (बेल्) is short for belahari (बेलहरि), both meaning "embroidery work". Buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा) means embroidery, braid, or filigree. 
As such bel-buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा) is synonymous to belahari buṭṭā (बेलहरि बुट्टा).

Nepalese quill embroidery1850s kukri

Fine Nepalese embroidery using strips of quill on a khukurī sheath. 1850s.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.

 

Close up

A close-up of the fine work.

 

Close up

A close-up of the work, compared to a regular size pencil.

 

Embroidery on kukri scabbard

Simple embroidery using thread on a khukurī scabbard.

 

Notes
1. Sir Ralph Lilley Turner; A comparative and etymological dictionary of the Nepali language. London: K. Paul, Trench, Trubner, 1931.

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