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Indian Crafts >> Metal Wire Inlay Work, Tarakashi
Metal Wire Inlay Work, Tarakashi
Indian Crafts - Metal Wire Inlay Work, Tarakashi
History of Metal Wire Inlay Work, Tarakashi

Metal wire inlay work, tarakashi, initially originated in Mainpuri in UP. It flourished under the patronage of Nawabs. Initially it was used for khadaon (wooden sandals).
Fine Art
Inlay is a means of ornamentation of a surface by setting of other materials into it. In wood inlay mainly brass or copper wires are used. The designs are traditional, depicting flora, fauna and geometrical patterns including the varieties of the jali designs.With the ban on ivory, the plastic sheets began to be used as inlay material. In Mainpuri tradition copper, brass and silver wire were twisted together, beaten with the hammer and flattened before inlaying. This gave three colour design specs on the inlayed surface.
Procedure
Inlay is a means of ornamentation of a surface by the setting of other materials into it. Mainly brass or copper wires are used in wood inlay. After cutting the wood from a bigger block in the desired size, a pattern originally traced on a paper, is transferred onto the wood. Copper or brass metal is beaten into thin sheets and cut into fine wire. The design traced on the wooden surface is incised with the aid of a hammer and chisel which is held lightly and tapped with a mallet. The brass or copper wire is hammered into the engraved portion of the design. If ivory is to be inlaid, then, ivory pieces of required shape and size are cut by a saw and fixed with glue at the desired places in the design. After inlay with brass wire or ivory, the wood is smoothened with a file and polished to give a better finish.
Resources
Basic Material : Ebony wood, shisham wood.
Decorative Material : Brass wire, copper wire, ivory, plastic.
Equipments
Hand saw, flammer, chisel, wooden mallet, files
Artifacts
Giftware-mirror frames, boxes, bowls, cigarette cases, trays, jewellery box; furniture-tables, chairs, partitions, corners, sofa-sets

Indian Crafts : History of Metal Wire Inlay Work, Tarakashi