Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary

Description

Belahari (बेलहरि) means "embroidery work".1

Belahari buṭṭā (बेलहरि बुट्टा) is the scrollwork embroidery seen on khukurī scabbards.

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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