Wooden Tarkashi


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Wooden Tarkashi- Far far away in the North western provinces of India, the rich and the wealthy, bored  of the contemporary usage of craving on wood desired their doors and storage Sandooks to be ornate with the glitter of silver and gold shining in them, elephant tusk/Ivory taking a popular position amongst them. The Northern provinces have always had bounty skilled craftsmen who could work with their dexterity to create marvels in wood and this reached a new level of finnace and intricacy with Moguls coming in.At the dawn of !6th century, when the city of Jaipur was being conceptualized, craftsmen from all over the country were invited to aid the settlement with their skills… beautification of the city was one of the prime visions of its creator, Sawai Maansingh II and it still continues to attract both artisans and their patrons to visit the city or even live there. Maharaja Jai Singh II. with his tactfulness and exceptional leadership qualities won the title of ‘Sawai’ (One and a quarter) from Emperor Aurangzeb and was enthroned the ruler of Amber. During his reign, he also simultaneously pursued higher education and expanded his knowledge of arts and sciences.Apart from building Jantar Mantar and many beautiful building, he also invited many craftsmen across India to fulfill city’s need. Amongst these were the artisans of ‘Taarkashi’, who migrated to the city from Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. Right from beautifully carved and decorated with silver and later with brass wires boxes to door panels, to treys and lamps, to sandook (chest), decorative elephants, tables, flower pots etc the artisans of Taarkashi have stretched the magic of their silver through generations.