We found the meenakari work being practiced in small bylanes of Jaipur. The narrow lane of Jaipur is called Khazane wale gali where we found our artisan from whom we purchased our marble ware.
Meenakari work derives its name from the Meenakar tribe of Rajasthan who were kshatriyaas. For the marble Meenakari work, its interesting that the work passes through xx hands before the completion of final work of art completing.
Marble painting is mainly practised in Rajasthan where marble mining is in abundance. Marble painting work is in existences since 16th century and flourished during the Rajputana rule. The art kept flourishing during the mughal period also.
The Meenakari work is done on smooth surface of marble plate. The work passes from the designer (naquaash or the one who chisels the marble) to the goldsmith who adds gold engravings. This work is done by fine strokes of brush with gold leaves. The work then moves over to Enamel worker who applies the colours and then to the polisher who puts shine and final touch up to the art work.
The original meenakari work on marble was done with pure gold. Except for gold being replaced by colour; most of the other works are still being carried out to bring the Rajput Royalty to people’s home. Usually the work is found on white marble background and colours used are Golden, Red, Green, blue and mirror work is also added to the same to add to the brightness.