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                                                                                Metal Crafts
Introduction of Metal Crafts

Rajasthani metal crafts are another type of craftsmanship that reveals the wonderful craftsmanship of the state. The most famous type of metal craft is Theva. n Places like Pratapgarh this art is in practice since a very long time. By making use of this technique the artisans have shaped several objects as ornaments and for regular usage as well. This type of metal craft is 400 years old. It received royal patronage in ancient India. During the late 19th and early 20th century this metal craft was believed to be a part of painting.

Being the land of the fighters protective covering were required in large number. The metal craft in Rajasthan was thus put to use and Long-lasting armors(protective covering) were formed for both the soldiers and the kings. In addition to all these there were swords, helmets, pole arms, spears, and a variety of other ancient weapons. Apart from this various well-known traditions from battlefields, hunting scenes and life are shown on the golden frames. Exhibiting a disturbance of colors they show fighting Soldiers, Krishna with his gopis, peacocks, royal weddings, Maharana Pratap riding his well-known horse Chetek and hunting of elephants and other animals.

Theva require the usage of colored glass for the products.This was one of the reasons why it was seen as a form of painting. Green, blue and red, are the general colors that are used. The glass piece is then enclosed with a gold plated silver case. A floral sketch or Historical pattern is again positioned within this frame. A mixture of cinnamon oil and ratti is used to stop the metal from melting. Apart from these stylish art works the metal craft of Rajasthan was put in to use for valuable services also.
 

Patterns on Frames

The patterns fixed on these frames are motivated from different legends and history books. These also introduce the travelers to the history and the culture of the state. The Vital events shown on the golden frames are also religiously significant. The use of Vibrant colors and complicated patterns make the metal crafts distinctive in India. These are very interesting for art lovers.

Even today the artisans take up this kind of metal craft as their profession. The accuracy with which they present their art is amazing. Such Rajasthani metal crafts are available throughout the state. Hence the tourists who are interested in such art and craft can purchase such products or gift them as reminders to their loved ones.
 

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