The art of decorating arms and weaponry is known as Koftgiri. This art originated in India around 500-700 years ago with the Mughals. An age-old craft is practised in Mewar district. Nowadays it can be seen in Jaipur and Udaipur. Koftgiri refers to the action of ‘beating’ the pattern into iron. It can be both an inlay and overlay art. It is the art of ornamenting surfaces by inlaying light metal on a dark one using gold or silver wires.
During the Mughal times, Koftgiri artists were killed after finishing their creative work by rulers for not copying their handwork. They don’t want to lose their uniqueness. This created insecurity among artists. To protect the Koftgiri art and the artists' Rajput rulers started hiding Koftgiri artists under their patronage. Since then these artists practising Koftgiri by hiding themselves. Only a few families in Udaipur practice this unique art. One of them was Late. Shri. Rajesh Ghalot. He was practising Koftgiri since his childhood. After his sudden dismissal his wife Smt. Shyamlata Ghalot started practising this art. Both of them have been rewarded with many national and international awards.
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