Brass and Copperware
India is the largest brass and copper making region in the world with thousands of establishments spread all over for articles made out of one or more pieces of metal. Goods produced have an all India market, with a portion being exported to other countries.
Brass is another metal used in abundance in Rajasthani handicrafts. Vases, bowls, utensils, lamps, jewel boxes, figurines of peacocks, lions, parrots, flowering shrubs and photo frames are made of brass and are pretty inexpensive mementoes to pick up. Bronze figurines and sculptures are excellent collector's items and reflect the amazing sense of proportion of the artists who create them.
The metal crafts of Rajasthan comprises of artistic brass work, enamelled and engraved silverware & metalware. Jaipur is famous for engraved brassware which is usually enamelled. Here, engraving is done in three styles namely Chikan a bold floral ornamentation which stands out against the chased and lacquered surface; Marori a minute lacquered pattern covering the surface and Bichi minute leaves and flowers all over a chased and lacquered surface.
Jaipur also has a tradition of brass sculptures, well finished and polished to a shine. Vivid enamel is also used to highlight the tracery on beaten brassware.
Decorative pieces are also created using different techniques of hammering, chasing, perforation, piercing and repousse.
Some of the articles may be further beautified by plain or intricate engraving. Many of them are used during the performance of religious rituals. The various products, though largely tradition-dictated, have now come to include some items of modern living, catering to present demand, in polished brass and burnished copper. Most items are now less functional and more decorative.
Where to Shop Brass and Copperware in Jaipur
Bapu Bazaar, Nehru Bazaar and M.I. Road are famous for its Brass and Copperware. You will find all kinds, made up of brass and copper, artistically designed.
Baapu Bazaar is situated between the Sanganeri Gate and the New Gate whereas Nehru Bazaar is situated on the western side of Baapu Bazaar.
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