Wood Inlay/Tarkashi of Uttar Pradesh

Tarkashi, a popular artform from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, is primarily brass wire inlay work on wood. It was mainly used for khadaous (wooden sandals), a necessity for every household, since leather was considered unclean. The tarkashi craft of Uttar Pradesh is today known for its fine inlay work with brass wire, strips and motifs on dark sheesham with fine dots and patterned lines and is used extensively for furniture and boxes.