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Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Belahari buṭṭā (बेलहरि बुट्टा) is a Nepali word for scroll-work embroidered on a khukri sheath.1

Belahari (बेलहरि) means "embroidery work". Buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा) means embroidery, braid, or filigree. 

It is also used as the shorter such bel-buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा) which 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.


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

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With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.


Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.


Signed: Ricky Milnes, India 44, Burma 44, Ramree 45.


An exceptionally large example with a desirable three fullered blade.