Carved by hand this Jaisalmer stone tray was extensively used in Indian kitchen, for herbs. Yellow colored trays have an earthy simplicity that will look graceful on even the most rustic table. A truly unique piece with stunning details. Read the story..
Jaisalmer, in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan, India, is known as the golden city after its yellow sandstone architecture. The abundance of this local stone makes it the natural choice of material for construction and also finer hand crafts.
The famous yellow sandstone of Jaisalmer is found in areas surrounding the city. It comes from mines like Jethwai, Cipla and Moolsagar. Heavy machinery is required to extract and break the rock. Large blocks of it are trucked to factories in the industrial area of town, where they are further cut into smaller pieces.
In contrast to the large-scale and heavy processes involved in cutting, the stone will be carved using small hand-held tools, primarily a hammer and chisels of different widths.
A tracing of the design is made out on butter paper, and placed on the stone slab to be carved. This acts as a guide for the artisan to mark out the basic form of the design.