MeenakariĀ or Meena Kari or Mina Kari is an art of painting or embellishing various types of metals (gold, silver, faux, etc.) with vibrant colors in dramatic motifs of birds, flowers and leaves. There are various kinds of Meenakari work depending on whether the enamel is to appear opaque, transparent or translucent. Origin and History According to historical evidence, Meenakari work originated in Persia, and was later introduced to India through the Mughal invaders. However, over the course of time, it has been frequently associated with the culturally vibrant state of Rajasthan. This can be credited to Raja Man Singh of Amber, as he was instrumental in establishing skilled artisans who he brought from Lahore. Hence, today Jaipur is the hub of Meenakari work, and craftsmen from Jaipur are renowned for producing Meenakari work. A wide range of intricate and creative designs on countless jewelry accessories, is the outcome. Meenakari gold is primarily done in Jaipur, Benaras and Delhi. Silver enameling or Meenakari is majorly done in Udaipur, Bikaner and Nathdwara whereas glass enameling is done in Pratapgarh. The Making Minakari is done by artistically fusing individual pieces made out of colored glass powders. Craftsmen employ the use of various mineral oxides in order to achieve distinctive colors. Apart from using glass, the powder of various semi- precious and precious stones is also used in the coloring process. Influences over the years There are a variety of Meenakari products that one can find in the market. Ranging from jewelry, anklets and brooches to chairs, small temple … Continue reading Meenakari