Mysore Rosewood Inlay

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inlaid wood carving, Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel

Mysuru (erstwhile Mysore) Rosewood Inlay covers a range of techniques used by artisans in around the area of Mysuru 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. These artifacts are manufactured in around the region of Mysuru, 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 Mysuru regions has been used for furniture and artifacts from the time of Tipu Sultan about 1800'S, was further promoted by local Mysuru maharaja during 1914 sent a casket with a photoframe with ivory inlay for British empire exhibition which won a gold medal, from then on have been a major touristic attraction and supply from the region around Mysuru.[1]

Method of manufacturing[edit]

Rose wood, yellow wood and ebony are used as raw materials and designs depicting are carved into them after which various artifacts from paint to gold silver, plastic coated with hydrogen peroxide {{citation needed|date=October 2018}} (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 Mysuru 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 Mysuru Rosewood Inlays whose design and material represent region to use the name Mysuru.[4] It was granted the Geographical Indication status, three years later, in 2005.

See also[edit]


  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)