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Wood inlay craft of Karnataka

These are the exquisite wood inlay crafts from Karnataka in the Surajkund Crafts Fair, Haryana. This is an annually held carnival which offers a view of a wide variety of the rich Indian artistic and handicraft tradition.

Wood inlay craft is a speciality of Mysore artisans in the state. They decorate the wood by inserting other materials into it. Today different types of wood with different colours and shades are used for inlay craft.

Themes from Hindu mythology, secular themes, birds, animals and landscapes are depicted in the inlay craft. The articles usually made in Karnataka are the inlaid furniture items, powder boxes, decoratives and wall hangings.