Agra craftsman successfully attempts unique glass inlay work

May 24th, 2009 - 2:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Agra (Uttar Pradesh), May 24 (ANI): A craftsman in Agra has successfully attempted a unique inlay work on glass, boasting it to be a first in the world.

Inlay work is a huge industry in the Agra region, and is usually seen on marbles and furniture. But performing it on a glass makes it inimitable as the delicate process involves cutting and engraving glass shapes manually, particularly in curvatures and angles.

Vinay Bansal, the craftsman who tried this innovative mode, says that there were initial problems with the medium of glass, as its constituents did not support the inlay work.

Nonetheless, their perseverance and research of trial and error enabled them to achieve success in their experiment.

“This is a new introduction which we have come up with. In future we will experiment inlay works on other sources as well. With times, changes come in this field and there have been inlay works on wood, zari (thread made on fine gold) in the past. Painting was done on glass but not carving which we have introduced for the first time,” said Bansal.

Further he noted that semi-precious stones like Lapis lazuli, Malachite, Jasper and Cornelia can be inlaid on the glass, Samples of these inlays sent abroad have been much appreciated as evident from the number of orders received from European countries

Bansal mentioned that doing inlay work on a glass takes at least six to eight months and even more depending upon the size.

Mukhtar Ali, a marble shop owner said that the new innovation on glass could help a lot of artisans, who are engaged in the inlay industry.

“Glass is used in a lot of places and this innovation will surely progress. A lot of people in the inlay industry will earn better employment. People are fitting glass on gates, floors and this holds a unique importance,” said Ali.

Inlay work adorns the world famous Taj Mahal and other historical Mughal monuments in India. (ANI)

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