Wood - sometimes plain often painted - is used to make everything from furniture to artifacts. While the furniture ranges from the made-as old that is such a range all over the world, its contemporary variants include chairs with painted backs, camel-hide stools, marble-top tables and carved cabinets.
Artifacts include a range of animal - horses, elephants, parrots - that are beautifully painted as well as boxes, chests snuff boxes and other interesting paraphernalia including dancing figurines and dwarpals or guardians of the doors.
Woodcraft has played its part in making the Indian handicraft fortune wealthier and inspite of many environment prevention issues the prospect of the hand crafted furniture sector in India seems positive.
The wood history Woodcarving is an art and Rajasthan has been a traditional producer of woodcarvings furniture for ages. Production of woodcarving is developed on a commercial scale, which is carried out by many Rajasthani artisans from generation to generation.
The exquisite furniture range comes in various styles with varying designs, finishes, colors, shapes etc. The designs and the carvings may be etched on the back or front, which gives a remarkable and pleasing appearance. The use of high quality wood enhances the overall functional value and visual appeal of furniture.
In the beginning, shisham was the only wood used by handicraftsmen. Thereafter some ingenious craftsmen experimented with teakwood from Nepal and Assam, ebonite from Assam and rosewood from the South. Struggle for survival forced the wood carving industry to pass through many critical phases.
Changing scenario of industry turned the craftsmen to many other varieties of woods. Besides traditional shisham, wood craftsmen have now been using many other varieties of wood depending upon the suitability of texture, colour, grains of wood for particular job. For deep under-cutting and sculptural effect teak, rosewood and walnut are preferred. For low relief, shisham and deodar is used and for incised design ebony are considered. Rohira, sal, babul, etc are coarse grained and hard wood used for bold work. Haldu and dudhi are used for special polychromatic effects. Other most common species of wood being used by the craftsmen these days are mango wood, tun wood, neem wood, sal wood, jamun wood, rohira etc.
The furniture of Rajasthan is in harmony with its palaces and havelis, displaying similar intricate designs and carving.
Its easy to spot the painted furniture Jodhpur and Kishangarh consisting of screens, doors, traditional caskets, low tables and chairs. One cant miss the delicately carved wooden doors that come from Ramgarh, Shekhawati and Bikaner.
The Craftsmen of Barmer specialize in the art of wood carving, specially doors, roofs, cradles and tables. Tilonia furniture stands out with fine embroidery work done on leather. The white metal plated Patra furniture has a charm of its own.
Rajasthan is renowned for its rich and exotic tradition of wooden handicrafts. Especially its wooden furniture presents an image of exquisite culture. The State is a wide coliseum of numerous styles and forms of wooden furniture ranging from painted furniture to latticework on wood. Because of its royal patronage, this form of art became very popular and provided affluent tradition of craft to the state....more on Wooden Furniture
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