Kupi

Among other products of leather, Kupi is also very famous which is a bottle made of camel hide to keep oil or attar (perfume). Bikaner is a famous place for Kupis.

Manoti art is the reminiscent of the exquisite marble work of Mughal era. In this novel art articles like lamps, lampshades etc. are colored and decorated with floral designs and figures and plated with gold leaf.
Kupi, Bikaner  
The leather work of Rajasthan is interestingly a joint effort of the local men and women. While the men do the tanning, cutting and stitching, the women do the embroidery and ornamentation.
This ornate craft represents a magnificent combination of two craft forms: (1) the skill of making products - from saddles to water bottles known as kupi (2) of ornamenting these products.
Nakashi is an ornate lacquer work on an embossed surface, in which gold leaf and/or paint is used for decoration and designing, in adjunct with other colours and other kinds of decorative ornamentation akin to minakari are used.


The art of nakashi is supposed to have been brought to India by Mughal emperors who brought Usta artists (those who do the delicate and meticulous nakashi work). The Junagarh Fort in Bikaner stands testimony to the enchanting artworks created by these artists. The Anup Mahal in the fort is resplendent with golden lacquer work, spun into delicate floral and bird and animal designs.
During the time of the British in India, nakashi work on camel leather became popular. Camel hide was light and unbreakable, and camel-hide saddles and bags (especially as containers for water, since they were easy to transport without breaking) became common bases for nakashi work in this desert kingdom and adjoining areas. These water bottles/containers called kupis - ornately decorated with nakashi work, much in the style of the tradition of ornately decorated camel-leather saddles - were popular in Rajasthan, particularly in Bikaner. Their utilitarian value, quite apart from the exquisite artistic tradition they represent, has meant that they continue to be made till today.
The motifs in nakashi work are linked closely with the Mughal origin of this craft in India. In depiction, they closely follow a style of Mughal miniature paintings - especially court paintings - whose hallmarks include acute detailing, intricate designing, a superbly deft use of colour and line in a small space, and a very ornate effect, shot through with gold work. The patterns created are also distinctly Mughal, and are closely allied with relief detailing in the ornate aspects of Mughal architecture.
Kupi, Bikaner  

Where to Shop Kupi in Bikaner

Bikaner shopping destinations are a shopper's paradise. They have something to offer to everyone. The best time to shop in Bikaner is during the Camel Festival. You can ride on a camel and shop for the local crafts in the numerous stalls put there. Apart from that, the other famous shopping places in Bikaner, Rajasthan are Kote Gate (King Edward Memorial Road) and Junagarh Fort.