ENAMEL WARE / CHAMPLEVE
The skill of enamelling was brought from Lahore to Jaipur by Hindu Punjabis who later adopted Sikhism. The process entails fixing differently coloured vitreous onto the surface of the metal.
Once the enameller has added the glaze to the gouged-out-channel, he inserts it into a charcoal-burning furnace made out of an old clay pot before proceeding one by one through the other colours without allowing them to mix into each other or temperatures and measures are gauged with an experienced eye.
There are many different types of enamelling, and the variety traditionally practised in India is known as champleve.
At IAC, a choicest collection of Champleve Artefacts are sourced directly from the craftsmen. We invite bulk buyers for a tour of the site where craftsmen are actually at work.
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