Horn Carving of Karnataka

Horn Carving of Karnataka


This is practised mainly in Belgaum in Karnataka. The grain of the material and the variations in colours are used subtly while crafting the products. When heated and oiled, the horn becomes soft and pliable. The most common product is the comb --- traditional, double-sided with gentle carvings, or more decorative with ivory or mother-of-pearl inlay. The other items are ornamental hair pins, combs, and faux copies of jewels used as hair decorations. Some are intricately carved with trellis patterns while others have a hollow which has oil which flows out as the comb is passed through the hair. Buttons, trays, cigarette cases, little boxes, ash trays, pen stands, and lamps are also made.

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