Meaning of koftgari in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkəʊftɡəˌriː/


mass noun
  • A kind of damascene work made in South Asia, in which a pattern traced on steel is inlaid with gold.

    ‘The blade is straight, single edge, 6 ¾ inches long decorated with gold koftgari.’
    • ‘Here is an example of heavy silver koftgari on a steel Balinese ceremonial axe.’
    • ‘Blades are often engraved or decorated with koftgari or inlay, on the flat and spine, some very elaborately; this is a typically Burmese feature.’
    • ‘The gold koftgari is well preserved on the blade, and partially worn on the hilt.’
    • ‘The blade is decorated with silver, with a band of gold koftgari beside the edge.’


Late 19th century from Urdu and Persian kuft-garī ‘beaten work’.