Theva requires the usage of colored glass for the products. This was one of the reasons why it was seen as a form of enameling. Red, green and blue are the common colors that are used. The glass piece is then encased with a gold plated silver case. A floral sketch or historical motif is again placed within this frame. A mixture of cinnamon oil and ratti is used to prevent the metal from melting. Apart from these sophisticated art works the metal craft of Rajasthan was put in to use for utility services as well.
Being the land of the warriors armors were required in huge number. The metal craft in Rajasthan was thus put to use and durable armors were created for both the soldiers and the kings. Besides these there were helmets, swords, spears, pole arms and various other ancient weapons. Apart from this several popular legends from battlefields, hunting scenes and life are depicted on the golden frames. Displaying a riot of colors they depict fighting soldiers, Krishna with his gopis, peacocks, royal weddings, Maharana Pratap riding his famous horse Chetak and hunting of elephants and other animals.
The motifs engraved on these frames are inspired from various legends and history books. These also introduce the travelers to the history and culture of the state. The important events depicted on the golden frames are also religiously important. The use of vibrant colors and intricate designs make the metal crafts unique in India. For art lovers these are very interesting.
Even today the artisans take up this kind of metal craft as their occupation. The precision with which they present their art is awe-inspiring. Such Rajasthani metal crafts are available throughout the state. Hence the tourists who are interested in such art and craft can purchase such products or gift them as souvenirs to their loved ones.
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