Process of making an Inlay piece

The mining process begins from blasting of marble bedrock. Once broken through, marble is quarried and cut out of the ground. Piece by piece these massive marble blocks are raised by mechanized crane. The three hundred foot journey to the surface is carefully planned by the experienced team of miners. The rock is then loaded onto trucks and transported out of the mines. Machines now do what traditional miners do by hand but in essence nothing has changed since the time of the Taj. From the hand driven cranes that pulled up each marble block inch by inch to today's massive power diesel cranes, from camel carts for transport to tractors and trucks, the spirit of the mine and the miners remains unchanged. The raw blocks are then prepared in a process called dressing. Each block is chiseled by hand chipping away meticulously at the brown outer layer to expose the pure white marble surface below, the blocks are then hand cut using the traditional marble cutter, a pains taking process requiring several days to cut just a single stone. Then the sliced marble passes through the practiced hand of the local traditional craftsmen. The master artists hand draws the primary designs on paper which is then traced on to the marble. Delegate hand drawn motives and floral in traditional Mughal style are reminiscent the Taj. Any such artwork may contain thousands of stones precisely cut and shaped taking month's even years to complete. Accordingly a precise grovels chiseled into the marble skin, a scheme of semi precious stone is then selected according to color, luster and appearance. Stones like Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Jasper, Turquoise and coral from countries like South Africa, Italy, Afghanistan and Egypt. These are genuine semi precious stone used in marble inlay, the same assortment of stone that we used in embellishing the Taj. Stones are individually shaped using a traditional hand driven emery wheel shaper in a process known as Ghasai, this is a delegate skill which takes decades to master. Each stone is grounded into on its shapes where filled into precise grooves known as Bharai. Training of such skills begins early passed on from father to son and from master to people. Learning the skill is an invaluable education in artistry. This is what the Taj keeps alive to this day. Within every marble master piece lies a perfect reflection of the ageless Taj Mahal.

About Marble Carving

Marble carving is a family tradition, for centuries these skills have been passed on from father to son. Such workshops have existed here since the time of the Taj. Masters are created in every aspects of the traditional sculpting process from the cutting and shaping of raft marble to designing of template and of intricate geometrics and finally the sculpting of figures and abstracts. Many of these carvers are disentrance of the original artisans who sculpted the grills and the walls of Taj. The inherence skills perfected with the years of practice and dedication. From elaborate figures and stately fountains to own age carvings and statues, these skilled hands use the same century old traditional technique. The artistic traditions from the days of the Taj are kept alive unchanged to this day. At Kalakriti Witness the ancient traditional art of stone inlay. In traditional Karkhanas and workshops, the art of marble inlay of Pacchikari has been perfected. Introduce to India in the 17th century by the Mughals, it was used extensively in the decoration of art. This is a highly skilled art form with techniques having remained largely unchanged through the ages, even today traditional devices like the age old cutting bow are used to hand cut the stone.

How We Ship

Kalakriti works with the world's prestigious shipping agencies to ship your own art wonder in the most safe and efficient way. Kalakriti prefers UPS, DHL, and FedEx as their shipment partner to deliver their shipment products. We guarantee the safe delivery of your artifact/product. All products are 100% insured during shipment.

Kalakriti Promise/Guarantee

Our all products carry a certification of genuinity. The marble and the semi precious stones used are 100% genuine. Our all products are 100% handmade.

Tailor Made/Customized Products

All the products offered by Kalakriti are designed in its own production house. Kalakriti has its own team of artisans who are doing the traditional marble inlay artwork as a family tradition since Mughal Era. Thus Kalakriti has expertise and resources to custom design your marble inlay product, be in the choice of Inlay design or semi precious stones, Kalakriti can do it for you.

Kalakriti Taj Mahal

Kalakriti has its very own Taj Mahal, which is the exact replica of the real Taj Mahal. It was made by the Makrana Marble which was used in making of real Taj Mahal. Famous craftsmen from all over the country were called to create this phenomenal replica which took 10 years to complete. This architectural marble is 8250 kilograms in weight.