Mysore Rosewood Inlay

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inlaid wood carving, Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel

Mysore Rosewood Inlay covers a range of techniques used by artisans in around the area of Mysore in sculpture and the decorative for inserting pieces of contrasting, often coloured materials like ivory shells, mother-of-pearl, horn and Sandalwood into depressions in a rosewood object to form ornament or pictures that normally are flush with the matrix. this artifacts are manufactured in around the region of Mysore, these artifacts have been awarded Geographical Indication tag from the Government of India in 2005 due to its historic representation as an artifact depicting the region and the design and style used by the local artisans [1][2][3]


rose wood mostly got about around from forestry area covering Mysore regions has been used for furniture and artifacts from the time of Tippu sultan about 1800'S, was further promoted by local Mysore maharaja during 1914 sent a casket with a photoframe with ivory inlay for British empire exhibition which own a gold medal, from then on have been a major touristic attraction and supply from the region around Mysore.[1]

Method of manufacturing[edit]

Rose wood, yellow wood[disambiguation needed], ebony are used as raw materials and designs depecting are carved into them after which various artifacts from paint to gold silver, plastic coated with hydrogen peroxide (instead of Ivory), sandalwood are inlaid into the wood after carving depicting nature and Hindu mythological epic stories.[1]

Geographical indication[edit]

The Karnataka State Handicraft Development Corporation Ltd proposed the registration of Mysore Rosewood Inlay under the Geographical Indications of Goods Act, 1999, to the Office of the Controller-General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks, Chennai, in order to make it exclusive to the manufacturers of Mysore Rosewood Inlays whose design and material represent region to use the name Mysore.[4] It was granted the Geographical Indication status, three years later, in 2005.

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  1. ^ a b c Geographical Indications Journal (PDF). New Delhi: Government of India (8-11): 134–137. 2005  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Mysore : Where history speaks to you". Deccan Herald. 2015. 
  3. ^ Oxford Companion to the Decorative Arts, 1975, s.v. "Inlay", "Wood-working (Special Techniques)".
  4. ^ Geographical Indications Journal (PDF). New Delhi: Government of India (4): 26–29. 2005  Missing or empty |title= (help)