Nakashi is a style of engraving used in artistic metalwork. This art, which originated during the time of Mughals
, is practiced in Moradabad District
of Uttar Pradesh
The metal surface is tinned before the actual engraving begins. A thin layer of lac is applied on the surface. The required patterns are traced using a pointed steel tool. The artists make use of stet in case of complex designs. The etched out grooves are filled with colored lac. Golden color is used for decorations, inlaid with brightly colored lac or vegetable resin. The motifs generally contain floral or geometric patterns. Scenes from Mughal miniature paintings and Hindu mythologies are also included.
Plates, cups, bowls, boxes, coffee pots and other similar articles feature in this style of decoration.