Rosewood inlay work is a craft type made of rosewood, which is turned into doors, mirrors, tables, gift boxes, wall panels, dining tables, etc. This form practiced traditionally in Mysore is believed to be once a favorite among the Maharajas who preferred rosewood inlay work for making magnificent ivory motifs. Though practiced in various parts of the world, the Indian version of Rosewood Inlay Work involves decorative works using different shades and tones of the wood, shell, and sometimes flip boards on a wood surface. Tracing back to its history, the craft came to India from Persia in the 18th century and flourished in Srirangapatinam under the reign of Tipu Sultan.
The south Indian state of Karnataka is well known for its unique handicrafts. The abundance of sandalwood and rosewood are grown in the dense forest of Karnataka inspired a variety of crafts. To preserve, promote, and develop the traditional handicraft, Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd was established in 1964 by the Government of Karnataka. KSHDC has taken some initiatives such as giving opportunities to artisans from different places, training them to create new designs, updating them with new market trends, etc., to keep the legacy of exquisite craft. Cauvery, a brand name started by KSHDCL, markets quality handicrafts through its outlets across the country.
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