Language: Nepali
Source: A 1931 dictionary


Buṭṭā (बुट्टा) is the Nepali word for embroidery; braid; filigree work.1

Sir Ralph Lilley Turner's comparative dictionary of 1931 mentions the following types of buṭṭā work:

  • Bel-buṭṭā (बेल्-बुट्टा); Scroll-work on a khukri sheath.
  • Belahari buṭṭā (बेलहरि बुट्टा); Scroll-work on a khukri sheath.
  • Jire buṭṭā (जिरे बुट्टा); Fluted ornamentation (e.g. that on the silver of a khukri sheath). Jire means of or like cummin-seed.
  • Haikale buṭṭā (हैकले बुट्टा) a kind of ornamentation on a khukri handle like a succession of hooks.
  • Mākhe buṭṭā (माखे बुट्टा); Ornamentation consisting of lines of small dots. Mākhe means "pertaining to flies or like flies.
  • Sã̄gle buṭṭā (साँगले बुट्टा); Ornamentation in chains. Mākhe means "pertaining to flies or like flies.


Nepalese quill embroidery

Fine Nepalese embroidery using strips of quill.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.


Openwork on a large kothimora kukri

Filligree and openwork on a large kothimora khukurī.
Sold by Mandarin Mansion in 2020.


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.


The scabbard carved as to closely mimic a tooled leather scabbard.


Its scabbard with 12 pockets, with 10 of the items remaining.


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


An exceptionally large example with a desirable three fullered blade.