Wood Carving & Inlay of Punjab

Punjab has its own wood work centres and each one has its own distinct style. Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, and Bhera are known for their furniture and the carving is low relief with geometrical, floral, and animal designs. In Hoshiarpur, wood inlay work is done and the wood used is shisham or black wood, both as ground wood and with inlay. The articles made are tea pots, boxes, trays, table legs, screens, bowls, and chess boards.

A popular and traditional product of Punjab is the pidhi, a wooden frame with an inside seat of woven jute sutli or cotton threads, twisted or untwisted. The designs are geometrical and the motifs are incorporated by weaving techniques. The normal height of a pidhi is 6 inches to 8 inches. With modern innovations they are raised in height, and made similar to a chair.