Tarkashi Art (Mainpuri)
Tarkashi is a technique of inlaying brass, copper, or silver wires in wood. It is a unique and artistic product of this district. It is used for decorating jewelry boxes, name plaques and other similar items. Along with this, the amazing art of Tarkashi can be seen in door panels, trays, and lamps, sandook (chests), decorative pieces, tables, flower pots, etc. Usually, Sheesham wood is used for this art in Mainpuri. The process of inlaying metal into wood carvings is laborious and highly skilled work. The process involves carving the design from a piece of paper onto a hard block of wood in the form of deep and thin grooves. Then the wires are placed in the grooves and knocked into the position by a hammer.