Definition of koftgari in English:


Line breaks: koft|gari
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊftɡəˌriː


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


late 19th century: from Urdu and Persian kuft-garī 'beaten work'.

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