As Akbar started the
harmonious relationship with the Rajput princes
by marrying the sister of Maharaja Man Singh of
Jaipur, both the rulers actually initiated on
the journey of benefiting their kingdoms to
opulence. There was a traditional saying that
said, “Jeet Akbar ki, loot Man Singh ki” (The
triumph corresponds to Akbar, the bounty to Man
Singh). As they, accumulated wealth and
established friendship with other potential
provinces, within north and beyond, many others
were enticed to join the imperial league of the
Mughals and the Rajputs.
Similarly, likely and skilled artisans were
attracted to such prospective cities for brass
handicrafts. An extensive usage of metalwork
consisting bronze, iron, copper, and brass was
practiced in India. Brasswares were further
decorated with the help of engraving, punching,
inlaying and enameling.
One of the strongest reasons behind such valor
and victories of Rajput warriors in such
legendary battles with the enemy was the
appliance of their deadly weaponry. Swords,
daggers, katars, etc., were among the arms and
ammunition used by Rajputs made by ironsmiths
with such care and detail that the precision was
remarkable with lethal effect on conflict.
Apart from weapons, various other ornamental
brass handicrafts were also prevalent since
olden times. This includes articles for domestic
purposes as well. Alwar’s famous inlayed brass
swords, shields, and daggers can be still be
seen in Jaipur.
With cultural and traditional influence of the
Mughals’ on Rajasthan, it ranged from
architecture, textiles, and intricate miniature
paintings to novel musical styles. Even the
tradition of purdah (the conduct of covering the
head and face with a veil) was also inherited
from the same culture of Mughal Muslim women.
Likewise, Jaipuri engravers of brassware
handicrafts inherited a lot from the expert
foreign artisans. A good example can be the
famous Jaipuri brass lamps made in Jaipur.
Equivalent work for brass handicrafts is done at
Delhi, Jaipur and Moradabad too. Since olden
days, brass has been used both for decorational
as well as household purpose. Techniques like
embossing or repousse is done to make the metal
achieve the heights of popularity. Another one
known as engraving is done on brass handicraft
articles by cutting or scratching lines on the
surface. Exclusively, Jaipuri engravers do the
lacquered brassware also. Stuff such as brass
hanging lamps, brass boxes, brass bowls, plates,
and brass picture frames look quite
sophisticated with a traditional look.
Jaipur’s brass engraving in the form of marori
work shows the detailed lacquered designs in
three forms. Its classy and fine effect covers
the complete surface of the brassware. Chicken
work with beautiful flower motifs on a complete
lacquered and chased background of brass and
bichi work to call for an intricate design of
flowers and leaves could leave any body with
compliments on his pout.
The art of brass handicraft has also spread
consistently to other distant areas of the
country such a Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh. In
Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, the kammalas are
well-liked for brass metal encrusting work.
Similarly, Moradabad too, shares the limelight
for the metal encrusting or khudai done in
Impeccably styled antique brass handicrafts and
quality with durability create a niche for such
wonderful handicrafts. Ranging from traditional
to modern designs, articles such as brass candle
stand, brass platers (brass pots for plants),
brass flower vases, and brass god statues, other
brass items such as wide range of exotic brass
wine coolers, fruit bowls are to ensure enduring
beauty and charm.
The famed bidri work is also found in Jaipur.
Originated from Karnataka’s Bidar, brass and
silver are inlaid on an alloy of copper and
zinc. This article is blackened by dipping the
alloy into a chemical solution of copper
sulphate. Grab on to exquisite brass hukkas with
lovely meenakari work (a dazzling yet
kaleidoscopic Mughal artwork introduced by
Maharaja Man Singh in Jaipur, Rajasthan).
Along with a number of manufacturers and
exporters offering such beautiful pieces of
great artwork, you can find brass handicraft
items at antique handicraft shops and emporiums