Discover the range of handcrafted stone products from Agra, India
Locally known as jaali work, hand carved fret-work requires a mastery of the medium and technique.
The artisans have mastered the art of carving within a carved object, a technique known locally as 'undercut'.
Detail of a hand carved soapstone.
Some fret-work or jaali designs are made completely by hand, requiring a high degree of skill and precision on the part of the artisan.
Hand carved jaali or fret-work is used for decorative products like boxes.
Hand carved jaali or fret-work is also used to made utilitarian products like candle holders.
Carving and fret-work are used to make a variety of decorative objects.
Detail of a marble inlay table top with design made with lapis lazuli and mother of pearl.
A decorative plate with inlay of malachite, onyx and mother of pearl.
Decorative plate with inlay of onyx, malachite, lapis and turquoise.
Detail: vase with inlay of onyx, malachite, lapis and turquoise.
Decorative bottle with inlay of lapis, onyx, turquoise and malachite.
Elephant with inlay of turquoise and mother of pearl, combining inlay and carving work.
Detail of a table top of inlaid black marble.
Table top of inlaid black marble.
Text: Aloka Hiremath
Photography: Sunil Verma
Artisans: Narendar Kumar Verma, Anwar Khan, Mohammad Rais, Vakiluddin and associates in the community
Ground Facilitator: Aloka Hiremath
Curation: Ruchira Verma