Wood Inlay/Tarkashi of Uttar Pradesh

Wood Inlay/Tarkashi of Uttar Pradesh


The metal wire inlay work known as tarkashi was originally from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh. Here brass wire was used as an inlay on wood. It was predominantly used for khadaous (wooden sandals), a necessity for every household since leather was considered unclean. The tarkashi craft of Uttar Pradesh is known today for its fine inlay work with brass wire, brass strips, and motifs on dark sheesham with fine dots and designs with lines. This technique is being used extensively for furniture and boxes, particularly in Pilkhuwa.

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