The craft of Gotapatti embroidery is known to have originated in the state of Rajasthan and found great patronage during the Mughal era. Traditionally, Gota ribbons were used as decorative trims for garments used by the royalty, members of the court, temple idols, priests as well as for altar cloths at shrines and prayer offerings. With the subsequent substitution of pure gold and silver with gilt (or lurex) and mass production of Gota on electrically powered swivel looms, it is increasingly being used by all castes and communities.
Gota work is essentially used for making women’s formal costumes light in weight and rich in look. These are especially worn on auspicious occasions, symbolizing good omen and good-will. The master-karigars of this craft take great pride in their work and are a balanced mix of Hindus and Muslims.