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A Marquetry Work

Sadeli is a kind of marquetry work practiced in Surat District. This art which was originally used to decorate the doors of palaces and mansions, is now used to adorn wooden objects such as caskets, trinket boxes, bowls, and small trays.

Materials such as ivory, ebony, sandalwood, redwood and metals are used for creating the patterns. Extremely thin slices of these materials are cut into minute pieces and shaped into geometrical patterns. The pieces are then glued together in the required fashion and pasted onto the surface of the wooden article, producing an effect of inlay work.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Surat

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