Strolling through the enchanting, narrow streets leading up to the Haveli of Nau Nihal Singh yesterday we stumbled upon a small workshop where we witnessed a master craftsman working on the traditional metalsmitthing technique called #chasing and #repousse which requires an exceptional amount of precision.
Repousse' is the hammering technique used to work on the reverse of a metal sheet to form a raised design on the front while Chasing is when we refine that design on the front of the work by sinking the metal. The two are used in conjunction to create a finished piece.
Artifacts and tableware showcasing these techniques are quite common in this part of the subcontinent. Infact, I'm sure most of you reading this will atleast have one or two items in your home made using these techniques also. But we often don't recognize their worth or think about the sheer skill and time that must have gone into their creation as they just sit there collecting dust among many other objects in one's drawing room. 😔
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