Rajasthan is not only prominent for the courageous deeds and heroic sacrifices of its fighters but Rajasthan is also famous for its wonderful architectural monuments made of stone. Forts, palaces and Temples are wonderful success of the craftsmen that have few competitors. The rulers’ support and keen interest in the growth of architecture led to many improvements in the style.
Rajasthan inherits a rich heritage in the stone carving art and the present day craftsmen have given it a new touch and shape to make these articles more beautiful, attractive, and valuable handicrafts. The small items prepared from stone in Rajasthan are very popularly being used also as reminders by the purchasers.
KISHANGARH-The Heart of Marble Carving
INDIA is the heart of marble carving in Rajasthan. Here artisans construct marble images of the deities as well as domestic utensils such as bowls for grinding spices and kneading dough. Centres like Jaipur, Udaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner and Ajmer, are very excellent examples of ‘jali’ or lattice, worked on screens and panels in the palaces of these cities.
Today, the stone carvers have to do with idol making and statues. The centre of this industry lies in the southwest quarter of Jaipur. White Makrana marble is carted here in roughly-shaped blocks. A row of holes is drilled and iron wedges strike into it till the block breaks down along its line of weakness.
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