The very mention of Gota work transcends one to the majestic Havelis of Rajasthan where the royal, aristocratic ladies don beautiful poshaks and sarees in gota-embroidered chiffon or other fabrics. Gota work has charmed Indian brides and brides-to-be alike. Most women I know would ensure they have a gota embroidered saree or one with a beautiful Gota Patti border. While these are now common, let’s talk about LAMPI.
Not lumpy but Lampi is a form of woven gota. And while the art of Gota originated in Rajasthan, Lampi found its roots in Hyderabad. In the early 1900s, Ram Chander Ladda left his hometown Rajasthan in search of new opportunities and decided to set up his business in Hyderabad. Once his business flourished, there was no looking back! “Gota Patti work is our staple and speciality for 117 years,” says his great-grandson, Venugopal Ladda. But their store offers something more than Gota, i.e., they specialize in Hyderabadi Lampi – it’s made using metal wire-like silver and copper. This metal wire is woven and then designs are embedded in the woven fabric. Today, it is available as machine-made as well as handmade.
And now to give you a glimpse at how beautiful and stunning Lampi lehengas can be… here are five gorgeous ensembles from Itrh Official, a handcrafted luxury design house.
1. The Silver Goddess
The stunning Sonam Kapoor paves the way for this stunning silver lehenga and how!
2. The Modern Moghul Princess
Whatever Malaika Arora decides to wear, she turns heads! Here she dons a stunning black gherdar Anarkali with a zari cord patterned yoke paired with a lustrous woven Lampi dupatta.
3. Gilded in Gold
Shereen Sikka, one half of Love and other bugs and an ace fashion influencer who is known for her edgy style quotient, has donned this stunner – a woven lampi blouse with a self-jacquard cotton lehenga with Lampi chevron panelling paired with an organza gherdar panelled jacket with handmade triangles strung together giving a linear illusion effect.
4. Metallic Princess
It’s not every day you see a beautiful designer wear another designer house’s ensemble! Ms Arpita Mehta here has worn a beautiful metallic silver woven Lampi lehenga with a Lampi blouse paired with a Madhubani (handpainted) dupatta with Kiran detailing.
Ladies, putting your trousseau together? If yes, consider adding Lampi to your list!