Sambhal – Mela Artisans

Sambhal

Northern India is the heart of India’s horn and bone industry. Artisans repurpose industry by-products and fashion them into beautiful decorative pieces. Sawing, filing, and setting hundreds of parts into complex patterns that require precision and a keen eye.


The art of shaping horn involves a delicate process of heating and stretching along natural curves to follow the graceful contours and swirling color gradations. Shape and pattern will dictate how artisans carefully cut and place pieces in intricate inlay designs and adhere them onto a wood or aluminum base.

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